Alberta’s Notley promises details of coal phase-out plan coming this fall – by Dean Bennett (Halifax Chronicle-Herald – October 20, 2016)

Canadian Press – EDMONTON — Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta will roll out specifics this fall of its plan to phase out coal-fired electricity and promote renewable energy.

Notley, in a state-of-the-province speech Wednesday, said the plan will include financial help to coal emitters closing their plants and transitioning to cleaner forms of power.

There will also be details on how proponents will be able to bid to replace coal generation in the Alberta market. “And we will set out more detail on how we will promote the construction of clean, renewable energy — wind, solar, thermal and hydropower — efficiently, economically and without undue subsidy,” Notley said.

Notley’s government has promised to end coal-fired electricity generation by 2030. It’s part of a larger climate-change plan outlined last year that includes a broad-based carbon tax beginning in January.

The tax will increase gas prices at the pump and home heating bills, although lower- and middle-income earners will receive partial or full rebates. Other plans call for a cap on oilsands emissions, an energy efficiency program and a methane-reduction program.

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