Ottawa, Saskatchewan reach equivalency agreement to phase out coal electricity

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 non-emitting 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.

Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said the province unsuccessfully argued to keep open its Shand Power Station until its life expectancy is up in 2042. That will result in 12 years of a stranded asset, he said.

“What I think the equivalency agreement will achieve is the ability to look at our fleet on a fleet-wide basis rather than just individual facilities,” Duncan told Global News on Thursday.

He said the agreement will allow Saskatchewan’s Crown power utility, SaskPower, to better plan for the future.

The province agreed to limit its electricity sector emissions to 33.5 megatonnes this year and not to exceed 64.5 megatonnes between 2025 and 2029.

Duncan said performance credits may be generated at some facilities.

Trudeau also announced on Friday a $25.6 million for a geothermal power facility near Estevan. It said it’s the first of its kind in the country.

The DEEP Earth Energy Production Corp. facility is expected to produce enough energy to power about 5,000 homes.

Just Posted

Lacombe council seeking answers about policing cost overruns

Council surprised to find out about $240,000 policing budget shortfall

Red Deer fundraiser to help educate Somali orphans on May 11

The Mother’s Day event is for all ages

Lacombe to join municipal coalition spreading the word about importance of resource industry

Resources Communities of Canada Coalition to represent municipalities connected to resource industry

These blues will get you dancing: The Overdue Blues Band performs in Red Deer Saturday

Calgary’s Brother Ray Lemelin Band is also on Elks Lodge bill

Gardening: Time and effort key to buying garden plants

Greenhouses, garden centers and box stores are set to start selling bedding… Continue reading

Montreal native Nicholas Latifi off to solid start on Formula 2 race circuit

Practice makes perfect for Canadian Nicholas Latifi. The 23-year-old Montreal auto racer… Continue reading

Bruins victory over Leafs ensures an American team will hoist the Stanley Cup

TORONTO — Many NHL players were either not yet born or too… Continue reading

Swole, buzzy, among new words in Merriam-Webster dictionary

BOSTON — Get swole, prepare a bug-out bag, grab a go-cup and… Continue reading

Garner graces cover of People’s annual ‘Beautiful Issue’

NEW YORK — Jennifer Garner graces the front of this year’s “Beautiful… Continue reading

Updated: Joshua Arthur Sanford has been found, says RCMP

37-year-old Ponoka man last seen on Tuesday morning

Inspired by a galaxy far, far away, these ‘Star Wars’ mementos could be yours forever

CHICAGO —The stuff of “Star Wars” —and there is unfortunately no better… Continue reading

Shoppers Drug Mart launches second online medical pot portal in Alberta

TORONTO — Medical cannabis users in Alberta can now get their therapeutic… Continue reading

Most Read