The Alberta government recently hired former president and chief executive of PJM Interconnection Terry Boston to help develop options to phase out coal.
The plan is to be rid of coal-fired emissions by 2030, which was part of the climate change strategy Alberta implemented once the NDP took power.
Kim Perrotta, the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) says at the moment, 55 per cent of Alberta’s power comes from coal.
“In Ontario between 2004 and 2014, coal-fired plants were producing about 25 per cent of the province’s electricity. During that period, it reduced the greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent and dramatically increased air quality and health.”
In Alberta it’s a different story. “Alberta during that time was increasing its reliance on coal-fired power plants,” says Perrotta. “In total it was about a 14 per cent increase.”
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