Coal is a non-renewable energy source that accounts for approximately 40% of world’s power. It’s used by half of the world’s utility companies.
The federal government has changed regulations on coal units. With today’s technology and regulations, that means either a retrofitting a unit with carbon capture and storage (CCS), or completely shutting it down.
We’ve invested in CCS technology. We’ve already converted the Boundary Dam Unit 3 with the first retrofitted coal-fired CCS unit. It captures carbon dioxide, preventing it from being released into the environment.
Burning coal creates power. A by-product of burning coal is carbon dioxide.
CCS technology then captures and stores this carbon dioxide reducing the negative impact on the environment.
Coal with CCS technology is a reliable source of power.
Coal unit with CCS technology is expensive.
We’re able to capture and store CO2 emissions before they reach the atmosphere. This helps reduce the harmful impact to the environment.
Our Boundary Dam Unit 3 is the world’s first CCS unit of its kind. It captures carbon dioxide, so it’s not released into the atmosphere.
We’ve assessed the viability of the CCS business case for further deployment on our coal fleet. We’ve determined that cost and technology risk are very high in comparison to other baseload generation options at this time. We continue to monitor market conditions for changes in favour of CCS.
One of the by-products of burning coal is fly ash. This is a fine ash that can be sold and used in:
- ready-mix concrete
- mine backfill
- oil well cementing
- road base stabilization
- liquid waste stabilization
Watch the video below to learn more about Coal.