Saskatchewan to phase out coal

Penticton Herald - - CANADA -

REGINA — Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau says Saskatchewan and Ot­tawa have reached an agree­ment un­der which the prov­ince will shut down most of its coal-fired power plants by 2030.

Trudeau says it’s im­por­tant to phase out coal as an en­ergy source be­cause of the pol­lu­tion it cre­ates.

“It’s also ex­tremely im­por­tant that we’re sup­port­ing the work­ers and their fam­i­lies who are in that in­dus­try now,” he said Fri­day after a sep­a­rate geo­ther­mal an­nounce­ment. “And the agree­ment that we’ve come to with Saskatchewan will al­low for ex­actly that.”

The agree­ment, which was fi­nal­ized in De­cem­ber, is to be made of­fi­cial once it’s signed by the provin­cial and fed­eral gov­ern­ments after a 60-day pub­lic com­ment pe­riod.

Saskatchewan’s green­house gas emis­sions from elec­tric­ity pro­duc­ers will be limited to 175 mega­tonnes.

The prov­ince has also com­mit­ted to have at least 40 per cent of its elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion come from none­mit­ting en­ergy sources by 2030.

One of its coal-fired power plants — the Bound­ary Dam fa­cil­ity near Este­van — is be­ing al­lowed to re­main ac­tive after 2030 be­cause it is equipped with car­bon cap­ture and stor­age.

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