Alberta extends climate change rules, including $15 tonne carbon levy, to June

Alberta is extending its climate-change regulations, including the carbon levy on large emitters, for another six months.

EDMONTON — Alberta is extending its climate-change regulations, including the carbon levy on large emitters, for another six months.

The regulations, set to expire at the end of the year, will now be kept in force through June 2015.

Premier Jim Prentice had promised the changes by the end of the year, but now says more time is needed to analyze options on a revised climate-change framework.

Alberta currently has a $15 per tonne levy on carbon for large emitters.

The province is under pressure to take stronger measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as it seeks to expand its petroleum industry.

Prentice has said he won’t allow any changes to climate-change regulations that would harm Alberta’s economy.

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