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Province sets 'aggressive' caps for emissions

The Nova Scotia government has announced it is one of the firstprovinces in Canada to be imposing regulated caps and greenhouse gasand air pollutant emissions from power-generating facilities.

The Nova Scotia government has announced it is one of the first provinces in Canada to be imposing regulated caps and greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions from power-generating facilities.

The plan, officially announced Friday, sets emission caps for 2010, 2015 and 2020 as committed to under the province’s Climate Change Action Plan.

“This is a major stride forward in meeting the province’s goals to combat climate change and its effects,” Nova Scotia Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau said in a release Friday.

“This will help achieve the key reductions called for in the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act, which commits the province to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 10 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 and significantly reducing emissions that cause air pollution.”

The biggest emission reductions will come from Nova Scotia Power, a company the release said is responsible for 50 per cent of the province’s greenhouse gas emissions, making it responsible for achieving about half of the emissions reductions set out by the CCAP.

The release added NSP “have said the caps are aggressive, but achievable.” It’s not known, however, if in trying to meet these targets what effect that could have on power rates for customers.