Saskatchewan government officials say there is an agreement-in-principle with Ottawa on Canada’s existing coal-fired regulation.
Traditional coal-fired electricity does not use carbon capture and storage to trap carbon dioxide and store it.
Earlier this month, the federal government announced regulations to accelerate from coal power to clean energy by 2030.
Once finalized, the regulations will provide Saskatchewan more flexibility in transitioning to additional renewable energy, including evaluating future opportunities for carbon capture and storage to trap carbon dioxide and store it.
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“This agreement is good news for Saskatchewan’s environment and the provincial economy,” Environment Minister Scott Moe said. “We can proceed with our aggressive plan to move to 50 per cent renewable energy generation capacity by 2030, cutting emissions by 40 per cent over 2005 levels. Saskatchewan can also continue to use coal in a responsible manner beyond 2030 as long as equivalent emission reduction outcomes are achieved.”
Through this agreement, the province says it would be allowed to meet or improve upon federal emission requirement, over time, on a electricity system-wide basis, as opposed to regulation of every coal-fired plant.
The agreement-in-principle recognizes Saskatchewan will meet the emissions outcomes of the federal government’s coal-fired electricity regulation and proposes to take provincial emissions into account as of July 1, 2015 in establishing the equivalency agreement.