NEW BRUNSWICK – The New Brunswick government announced Wednesday that it will phase out burning coal to generate electricity as part of a new climate change plan. Premier Brian Gallant said the province must do its part to combat global warming.
NB Power operates a large coal-fired power plant in Belledune. The plan is to phase out the use of coal by 2030 and switch to the use of natural gas to generate electricity. The deadline may be moved forward as many as 10 years depending on interim emission reductions aligned with new federal regulations.
Earlier this month the Trudeau government announced the Canada-wide phase out of coal-fired plants by 2030. Ontario has already reached that goal, and Alberta has an ambitious plan to do the same.
The New Brunswick plan call for reducing carbon emission to 35% of what they were in 1990. Coupled with a carbon tax or cap and trade system, the province hopes to be carbon neutral by 2030.