DECC invites views on rules for limiting emissions

The Government is inviting views on its proposed approach to the regulations that require operators of fossil fuel power stations to limit carbon emissions. DECC has launched a consultation on […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Government is inviting views on its proposed approach to the regulations that require operators of fossil fuel power stations to limit carbon emissions.

DECC has launched a consultation on some aspects of the Emissions Performance Standard (EPS), which became law as part of the Energy Act 2013 and forms part of the measures that make up the Electricity Market Reform (EMR).

The EPS applies to all new fossil fuel electricity generation plants that are above 30MWe and have received development consent after 18th February 2014. Under the rule, all new coal-fired power stations can only be built if they have carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.

DECC is seeking views on some of the draft regulations, including proposals for monitoring and enforcement of the EPS and operation of the “time-limited exemption” from the EPS for CCS projects.

It has also provided a draft ‘Statement of Policy’ relating to “any future exercise of the Secretary of State’s power to modify or suspend the EPS”.

“The way in which the EPS applies to new fossil fuel generation plant is defined in primary legislation. However, the Act allows for regulations to be made to provide limited tailoring of the arrangements in specified circumstances and for the creation of monitoring and enforcement arrangements,” DECC said.

The consultation runs until the 6th of November.