Recently built power plants fired by natural gas easily meet the new standards of the new greenhouse gas emission rule – The rule to control greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants could go end up closing down the old-fashion coal-burning power generation, according to the New York Times.
Lisa P. Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency administration, released a draft the new rule. The Rule would limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants to 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour.
Most of the newly build power plants are fired by natural gas, so the rule presents little obstacle for new gas plants. However, that isn’t the case for coal-fired plants. Coal-fired plants face a far deeper challenge to stay afloat, since there is no easily accessible technology that can bring their emissions under the limit. This new rule, does not apply to existing plants.
”This E.P.A. is fully engaging in a war on coal, even though this country will continue to rely on coal as an affordable, stable and abundant energy source for decades to come,” said Senator Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat and former governor. ”This approach relies totally on cheap natural gas, and we’ve seen that bubble burst before.”
But, the increase production of hydraulic fracturing, the abundant supply of natural gas, plus the declining prices, equals power plants shifting from coal to natural gas organically – The E.P.A. is just following a shift that is already unfolding, while decreasing the amount of greenhouse gases omitted into the air.