Saskatchewan’s Environment Minister Scott Moe is concerned by the federal government’s decision to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030.
The announcement was made on Monday morning by Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.
Provinces will have the choice to phase out coal and replace it with lower-emitting sources or they can use carbon capture technology, such as Saskatchewan’s Boundary Dam 3 facility in Estevan, SK.
This is the second climate-change announcement made in Ottawa ahead of the First Ministers’ meeting scheduled for December. Moe says it’s disappointing they aren’t making the decisions together.
“To announce a carbon-tax as the environment ministers are meeting in Montreal,” said Moe. “And announce that we’re going to change the parameters and the end date of the phase-out for coal-fired power.”
Moe says they had been working on an equivalency agreement with the federal government, which would provide some flexibility on the phase out in Saskatchewan.