The Coal and Petroleum Coke Ban for Space Heating Regulation

Q: What is the Coal and Petroleum Coke Ban for Space Heating Regulation?

A: The regulation (under The Environment Act) bans coal and petroleum coke (also called pet coke) for use as a space heating fuel.

The regulation states that Manitobans may continue to use coal for space heating until June 30, 2017. However, they must submit a conversion plan that meets the requirements of the regulation by June 30, 2014.

The ban on using petroleum coke as a space heating fuel took effect December 31, 2013. Pet coke is currently prohibited as a space heating fuel in Manitoba.

For a copy of the Manitoba Coal and Petroleum Coke Ban for Space Heating Regulation, go to:  http://web2.gov.mb.ca/laws/regs/annual/2013/183.pdf.

Q: What is the purpose of the regulation?

A: The purpose of the regulation is to reduce provincial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coal and petroleum coke used for space heating. GHGs are gases that trap the heat in the atmosphere and cause climate change. The ban will also help stimulate demand for locally available fuels, including biomass and other forms of green energy.

Coal is composed mainly of carbon. It is among the most GHG intensive heating fuels used in the province. Pet coke contains over 90 per cent carbon and emits five to 10 per cent more carbon dioxide (CO2) than coal on a per-unit-of-energy basis. Given its higher energy content, pet coke emits 30 to 80 per cent more CO2 per unit of weight than coal.

Q: Does the regulation apply to me?

A: The regulation covers the use of coal and petroleum coke as an energy source for all space heating. This includes powering a device, appliance or system that heats any part of an enclosed structure anywhere in the province.
The regulation does not apply to:

  • industrial uses of coal
  • coal used for vintage locomotives and tractors
  • coal used at heritage museums
  • coal used in restaurants with coal fired pizza ovens

People who use coal for these purposes may have to continue to pay the emissions tax on coal as well as the future tax on emissions from petroleum coke.

Information on this tax is available at: http://www.gov.mb.ca/finance/taxation/taxes/coal.html.

Q: What information do I need to include in my coal conversion plan?

A: The conversion plan must:

  • identify the alternative energy source you propose to use for space heating
  • provide details on how you will switch to the alternate energy source (ex: describing the equipment you’ll buy to use the new energy source; or modifications you’ll make to existing equipment)
  • set out proposed timelines for converting to the new  energy source
  • provide details on the amount of coal or petroleum coke used for space heating over the previous five years    

 
You must also provide any additional information or documents required by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship about the conversion or past use of coal or petroleum coke. Click here for a PDF Coal Conversion Plan Template. (pdf)

Q: What is the deadline for submitting my coal conversion plan?

A: The deadline is June 30, 2014.

Q: Who do I submit my coal conversion plan to?

A: The coal conversion plan should be submitted to:

Climate Change Branch (Coal Reduction Program)
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship
Box 40, 160 – 123 Main Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3H8

Signed conversion plans can be emailed in PDF format to: ccinfo@gov.mb.ca

Q: Once my conversion plan is submitted, can I still use coal? If so, for how long?

A: Once you have a conversion plan in place, you may still use coal until June 30, 2017.

Q: What happens if there is a change in property ownership after a conversion plan has been submitted, but before the implementation deadline?

A: The new owner may still use coal as an energy source for space heating until June 30, 2017. However, within three months of becoming the new owner, you must submit a conversion plan to Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship; OR advise the department, in writing, that you will adopt the conversion plan submitted by the previous owner.

Q: What happens if I need more time to do my conversion?

A:   You may still use coal after June 30, 2017, IF the director authorizes it with a written notice. The director must agree:  

  • you have made appropriate  efforts to convert to an alternate fuel source by that deadline but, due to uncontrollable circumstances,  it was not possible to complete  by that date OR
  • due to unforeseen circumstances, you will be allowed to use coal as an energy source for space heating for a limited period.
Q:  What are my options for switching to cleaner energy alternatives?

A: The Manitoba government has:

Q:  Once my conversion plan has been submitted, am I eligible for existing rebates, incentives or loan programs?

A: Submitting a valid coal conversion plan will ensure that you are in compliance with the regulation. This does not make you eligible for existing rebates, incentives or loan programs.  To find out if you’re eligible for funding to help with your conversion, you must contact the departments or agencies directly responsible for managing the programs.