Car­bon levy urged for gas power plants

Penticton Herald - - CANADA - By The Cana­dian Press

OT­TAWA — Cli­mate-change ad­vo­cates and re­new­able-fuel pro­duc­ers want Ot­tawa to make sure new nat­u­ral-gas power plants have to pay a price for ev­ery ounce of their green­house-gas emis­sions by 2030.

Canada is fi­nal­iz­ing the reg­u­la­tions for its car­bon­pric­ing sys­tem for big in­dus­trial emit­ters. The rules will ap­ply to any fa­cil­ity that pro­duces at least 50,000 tonnes of emis­sions a year, in­clud­ing elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated by fos­sil fu­els such as coal, nat­u­ral gas and diesel. Ot­tawa is weigh­ing the need to re­duce Canada’s emis­sions against a de­sire not to hurt con­sumers by forc­ing elec­tric­ity com­pa­nies to raise rates too quickly.

The Cana­dian Coun­cil on Re­new­able Elec­tric­ity — whose mem­bers in­clude pro­duc­ers of wind, so­lar, hy­dro and tidal power — and some en­vi­ron­ment groups want Ot­tawa to make the sys­tem strong enough to dis­cour­age new fos­sil-fuel elec­tric­ity plants.

“The idea is to send a sig­nal that even for ex­ist­ing gen­er­a­tion, the closer you get to 2030 the more emis­sions should be ex­posed to the car­bon price,” said JeanFran­cois No­let, vice-pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Wind En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion.

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