Alberta announces next steps in transition from coal-generated power
Government to reveal its next steps in moving away from coal-generated power
The Alberta government is holding a news conference Thursday afternoon to announce the next steps in its efforts to move away from coal-fired power generation by 2030.
The joint announcement will be made by Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Environment Minister Shannon Phillips, who is responsible for the province's climate change office, and deputy premier Sarah Hoffman.
CBC is livestreaming the announcement, scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. MT.
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Coal-fired power plants currently produce more than half of the province's electricity.
The province hopes to replace coal within 14 years with some combination of natural gas and renewable energy, such as wind and solar power.
This week, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna announced a plan to aggressively phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030, roughly 10 years ahead of the original schedule.