Federal and Nova Scotia Governments Work Towards Equivalency Agreement
As we previously reported, the federal government intends to enact regulations to phase out coal fired generation in Canada. These regulations will require both new coal-fired power plants, and any existing plants reaching their 40-year lifespan, to be fitted with carbon capture and storage equipment.
Minister of Environment Peter Kent has now announced that the federal government and the government of Nova Scotia are working towards an equivalency agreement which would allow the Province to make its own rules to meet national targets.
Nova Scotia has already mandated a reduction of 25 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector by 2020. The agreement with the federal government would require new targets extending to 2030 to match reductions that would be required under the proposed federal regulations.
Writen by Laura Easton, Student at Law | Edited by Michael Styczen, P.Eng