Natural gas power plants and carbon tax

Climate-change advocates and renewable-fuel producers are calling on Ottawa to make sure that new natural-gas power plants have to pay a price for every ounce of their greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030.

The federal government is still putting the final touches on its emissions standards for electricity producers, which will determine how much they'll pay in a carbon levy.

Currently, only 10 per cent of Canadian electricity is produced by natural gas.

But, Catherine Abreu of the Climate Action Network Canada, says there is a fear that natural gas will become the most common choice to replace coal, which is supposed to be mostly phased out by 2030.

The tougher the restrictions on natural-gas plants are, the more appealing sources like solar and wind power will be.

Canada needs to cut almost 200 million tonnes of annual emissions to meet its promise under the Paris climate change agreement.