Alberta’s Environment minister says the announcement Monday of the federal plan to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030, helps validate the province’s earlier plan to do the same thing.
Shannon Phillips told 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen that if Alberta had not taken early action, we would be running now to catch up. “And we would be caught a little flat-footed. So we have already had those good faith negotiations with the three companies that have coal plants that were slated to run past 2030. We’ve discussed with them many of the impacts on communities. We are out talking to the communities about how to properly transition.”
Phillips said Alberta will look to Ottawa now for help for the communities that will be affected negatively by the ending of coal use.
She said this is a health issue. “Burning coal, results in $300 million a year in health care costs, according the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. So that is a large amount of money that we could be investing in our communities.”
Unveiling her plan Monday, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said the goal is to make sure that instead of 80 per cent, that 90 per cent of Canada’s electricity will come from sustainable sources by 2030. (eb)