After a $1.2-billion upgrade, a 46-year-old commercial scale, coal-fired power plant in Saskatchewan, Canada, has begun carbon capture operations, Utility Dive reports. According to the article, “[t]he facility is designed to capture and store 90% of its carbon emissions,” and the “retrofitted unit will turn the stored pollutants into a commodity.” In addition to carbon emissions, the plant will capture sulfur dioxide and sell it for use in sulfuric acid production. 

The new EPA requirements for carbon emissions in the United States (see our June 5, 2014 blog post) may encourage more utilities to look at the potential of carbon capture technology as an alternative to closing coal-fired plants in the future, as some are already planning (see our June 9, 2014 blog post). 

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