EPA offers future coal plants two options: Impossible or Even more impossible

Current coal plant CO2 emissions are about 2,250 lbs. CO2 per megawatt-hour.

EPA is proposing two limits for fossil fuel-fired utility boilers and IGCC units, depending on the compliance period that best suits the unit. These limits require capture of only a portion of the CO2 from the new unit. These proposed limits are:

— 1,100 lb CO2/MWh-gross over a 12-operating month period, or
— 1,000-1,050 lb CO2/MWh over an 84-operating month (7-year) period