EPA Proposes Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants explains some new standards. New large natural-gas power plants must not release more than 1,000 pounds of CO2 per MWh. New coal-powered plants are limited to 1,100 pounds of CO2 per MHh.
That will challenge new coal powered plants because the average emission rate for a coal plant is 2,249 lbs MWh of CO2, 13 lbs of SO2 and 6 lbs of nitric oxides.
The IEEE Spectrum tells that even a modern coal powered plant produces 1800 lbs per MHh. The large gap between the new regulation and state-of-the-art implies there will be no new coal plants in the U.S. without carbon capture and storage. And good luck making that work.
EPA gives coal-state democrats a chance to sound republican tells the new regulations have political intrigue. Kentucky and West Virginia representatives of Congress are not happy their constituents are losing their livelihoods.