August 19, 2011
Alberta responds to proposed federal coal regulations
Medicine Hat… With the federal government announcing it will move to Canada Gazette Phase I for coal-fired electricity generation regulations on August 27, Alberta Environment Minister Rob Renner issued the following statement.
“First and foremost, I want to stress that Alberta shares the same goals as the federal government – to produce the energy we need more efficiently and with less impact to the environment.
I am confident this can be done in a way that is fair to all provinces, especially those that still rely predominantly on coal to meet their electricity needs – like Alberta – because of their unique circumstance. At the end of the day, Albertans should not pay vastly more for their electricity than other Canadians due to federal regulations.
The Alberta government will use the upcoming consultation period on these regulations to provide input on how the federal government can allow Alberta to address our unique challenges. To do so, the federal framework must be:
- Flexible: Alberta electricity generators must be able to meet intended emission reduction outcomes while still being able to generate the electricity needed by Albertans.
- Aligned: Canada’s industries need to have comparable emissions standards to the United States to remain competitive. This is important for all industrial and manufacturing sectors as electricity prices impact all sectors of the economy.
- Consumer-friendly: As a province that relies more heavily on coal to produce electricity, Albertans should not be unfairly impacted by emissions regulations.
- Technology-focused: policies and regulations in Canada must contribute to the continued development of carbon capture and storage.
At the end of the day, we are committed to working with the federal government and all Canadians to ensure we all get to the same place. We just need to follow the right path to get us there.”