The ruling was part of the acceptance on Monday by the state’s Energy Commission of the 2005 Integrated Energy Policy Report.
The report included new standards on greenhouse gas emissions that traditional coal-fired plants can’t meet.
A coal-fired plant must now reach a performance standard “that is no higher than the greenhouse gas emission levels of a combined-cycle natural gas turbine”
Wyoming had looked at building new coal-fired power plants to supply California with electricity via a transmission line. That plan is in jeopardy.
California is the world’s 17th largest emitter of greenhouse gases, and has strived to reduce greenhouse gases in its energy policies.
In June 2005, governor Arnold Schwarzenegger established greenhouse gas emission targets intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2010 to 2000 levels, by 2020 to 1990 levels, and by 2050 to 80% below 1990 levels.
In the case of coal-fired generation, the Energy Action Plan seeks to “ensure that energy supplies serving California, from any source, are consistent with the Governor’s climate change goals”