The provincial government has outlined its renewable energy use target. The firm target would see Alberta get 30 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by the year 2030.
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says the Alberta Electric Systems Operator is working on a plan to know how government support will work to meet the target, and what impact any moves by Ottawa will have.
“At this point we are in a little bit of uncertainty around what the federal government might do around the phase-out of coal electricity, though we don’t expect it to significantly impact Alberta’s current plans at 2030,” she told reporters Thursday.
Phillips says 5,000 megawatts of additional renewable energy capacity will be supported by the province, however at this point there is no price tag for taxpayers to achieve the 30 for 30 target.
“So this is not only the right re-investment of the carbon levy in terms of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, but also ensuring that reliable and affordable electricity supply for Albertans.”
Phillips says the government plans to release details of an auction that will screen proposals from developers for the new projects in November. (kb/newstalk770)