EPA rule would effectively ban new coal plants in the US
May 2012: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed rules that would limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants to 1,000 pounds per MWh – approximately the level of efficient natural gas plants. Advanced super-critical coal currently emits about 1,600 pounds per MWh, meaning the rule would effectively ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the US.
It’s not all EPA. It’s a combination of low gas prices and EPA working at the same time.
Thomas Farrell, Dominion Resources