The end for coal?

New US emissions rules should see the gradual demise of coal-fired power generation and they have changed the game in the energy sector.

Proposed emission rules for new power plants unveiled by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on March 27 spell the gradual demise of coal-fired power generation and entrench the current cost advantage for natural gas.

The agency's proposed rule, signed yesterday, would set a standard well within the capability of modern gas-fired plants but impossible for coal-fired units to meet unless they employ (unproven) carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.

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