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COAL: Canadian coal plants to be phased out by 2030

Coal-fired electric power plants will be a thing of the past by 2030. (Image: TransAlta)

OTTAWA – The federal government of Canada announced on Dec. 12, 2018, that traditional coal-fired electric generation plans will be phased out by 2030. Greenhouse gas regulations for natural gas-fired generating stations was also published.

The government says it wants to have 90% of this country’s electricity generated from non-emitting sources. It estimates that carbon pollution from the electricity sector will be cut by 12.8 million tonnes.

Earlier this year, Canada launched a task force for coal power workers and communities to better understand the impacts of the phase-out and how to minimize them, including funding for skills development, economic diversification, and transition centres.

Copies of both regulations were published on Dec. 12 in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

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2 Comments » for COAL: Canadian coal plants to be phased out by 2030
  1. Lloyd Penner says:

    Is there anyone left in Canada who believes the present or even future government is capable of regulating anything without hurting it’s citizenry?
    Politicians need reeducation in a bad way.
    They is no longer any pretense of governing for the people, rather they govern for……ideals?? elite friends???? Themselves??? Certainly not for us.

  2. Dennis says:

    I agree Lloyd. The sad part is that they have convinced a majority of sheeple and politically correct companies in this country that they are right in doing this in the name of the new religion, climate change. Unfortunately a lot of people believe this without question or a complete lack of interest as they go about their daily lives. The back bone of this country is the energy industry (fossil fuels) that drives our manufacturing, mining, exploration, automotive, farming and many more industries. Battery power doesn’t cut it at 40C below in Canada when you are heating a mine or drilling in the frozen tundra or precambrian or want to drive from Winnipeg to Flin Flon with a load of equipment, supplies and food. Fossil fuels are cheap, reliable, and plentiful and CO2 is not a pollutant, it actually helps our crops grow. You and I breathe out 2 lbs of the stuff everyday, should we be done away with too in the name of saving the earth from a fictitious disaster? The sooner these idiots are out of office the better and they can take climate barbie with them.

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