Right now, Alberta is the only Province without an agency dedicated to promoting energy efficiency. But Tuesday, the Province made moves to change that with the introduction of the Climate Leadership Implementation Act for a first reading in the Legislature.
Besides creating Energy Efficiency Alberta, Bill 20 also introduces a $20 per tonne carbon levy starting January 1st, 2017.
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says every penny raised by the levy will be reinvested into carbon-reducing initiatives. But she says 66% of Albertans will be getting at least some back in the form of rebates.
“Beginning next year, single adults will receive cheques of up to $200 per year, depending on income.” she says. “Couples will receive $300. And parents will receive an additional $30 per child under 18, for up to four children.”
Bill 20 will also drop the small business tax rate from 3% to 2%, to help ease the transition. (ms)
* A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the Bill included further clarification of the coal-fired power phase out.