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Canada unveils proposed changes to its draft clean electricity regulations

Canada’s Ministry of Environment has unveiled proposed changes to its draft clean electricity regulations that aim to achieve a net-zero emissions power grid in the country by 2035, following feedback during consultations. The changes include setting an annual emissions limit for each power-generating unit rather than having an emissions intensity standard, allowing providers with multiple units within one jurisdiction to pool those emissions.

These changes are expected to enable more efficient and cleaner units to run for longer periods of time. It would also increase flexibility to address peak power needs and the use of standby, or on-demand, power to support the build-out of cleaner technologies. This approach is expected to be supplemented by offsets, emissions pooling, and a more flexible approach to industrial cogeneration.

The Canadian Government first released the draft regulations in 2023 and expects to finalise the legislation later in 2024. Canada has pledged to hit net-zero emissions across its entire economy by 2050.

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