Alberta’s environment minister is applauding the federal government’s plan to phase out coal-fired electricity.
Shannon Phillips said the announcement from Ottawa on Monday helps validate the province’s goal, which is already well underway.
“Certainly what that means is that there is no moving back on Alberta’s coal plan,” Philips said. “But what it also means is that Alberta has a plan in place and once again we have a situation where, it’s a made-in-Alberta plan today, or a plan that is made in Ottawa imposed on us tomorrow.”
On Monday, Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna unveiled her government’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by five megatonnes by 2030.
McKenna said the aim is to ensure 90 per cent of Canada’s electricity comes from sustainable sources by that time.
Alberta is taking similar steps to phase-out coal-fired electricity in the province by 2030 and replace it with renewable energy such as wind, solar and hydro. The province will also implement a broad-based consumer carbon tax starting Jan. 1.