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LONDON (Reuters) - New UK coal-fired power plants will need to fit carbon removing technology to comply with the upcoming Emission Performance Standard (EPS), energy and climate change secretary Chris Huhne said on Monday.

The British government is to consult in autumn on the EPS, which aims to limit carbon emissions from power generators and is expected to influence whether utilities build coal or gas power plants.

"It would be impossible for any new coal power station to be built without being equipped with carbon capture and storage (CCS)," Huhne said in a statement.

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