Canada shows flexibility on coal emissions

The Canadian federal government is offering the provinces a way to avoid tough new regulations that would eventually force power companies to shut down the country’s fleet of coal-fired power plants.

The Globe and Mail reports that Environment Minister Peter Kent and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have privately indicated they are willing to provide flexibility in how new power-plant emissions rules are implemented. Mr. Kent is expected to release the final version of the long-promised regulations in the coming months.

Coal-fired generation accounts for roughly 16 per cent of Canada's electricity.

The new approach would allow provinces to set overall emissions targets, rather than adhere to strict targets for each individual power facility as set out by the government’s original approach.

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