MINNESOTA CLIMATE CHANGE ADVISORY GROUP (MCCAG) RECOMMENDS EXEMPTING MESABA (COAL-FIRED PLANT) FROM CO2 EMISSION STANDARDS
Public Comments Deadline:
Midnight, Sunday April 27, 2008
To comment on this recommendation, visit:
http://www.commerce.state.mn.us/ClimateChange...
1. Select Sector - Energy Supply
2. Select Policy Option - ES-1 Generation performance standard
3. Provide your comments to the group.
Background Information
The MCCAG Report to the Minnesota Legislature is intended to guide legislation to control emissions of carbon dioxide, among other greenhouse gases (GHG). The exemption for Mesaba (and also for Big Stone 2) was one of the most controversial decisions and had a high number of objections by MCCAG members.
Comments the MCCAG meeting summary:
"...exempting the proposed new Mesaba and Big Stone 2 coal plants will result in an additional 4.7 MMtCO2 when they come on line in 2013. However, the application of the GPS to these coal units would result in GHG reductions of 4.7 MMtCO2 in 2015 and 4.8 MMtCO2 in 2025 (a cumulative reduction of 61.8 MMtCO2 ), with a net present value (NPV) of -$7.4 billion/MMtCO2 , and a cost-effectiveness of -$120/MMtCO2."
"At some point, Minnesota has to stop increasing its GHG emissions from the power supply sector."
The entire Report can be found and downloaded in sections at -
http://www.mnclimatechange.us/MCCAG.cfm