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Alberta Utilities Commission fails to protect public interest with final coal plant approval

CALGARY — Today's final decision by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to approve a coal plant expansion proposed by Maxim Power Corp. represents a serious failure by the AUC to safeguard the public interest that could undermine upcoming federal greenhouse gas regulations, according to two of Canada's leading environmental groups. Read more about Alberta Utilities Commission fails to protect public interest with final coal plant approval

Groups call on Minister Kent to ensure Maxim Power’s proposed coal plant plays by the rules

OTTAWA – More than 40 diverse civil society organizations from across Canada have signed on to a letter calling on federal Environment Minister Peter Kent to protect the integrity of Canada’s forthcoming coal regulations by ensuring that this proposed new coal plant is not permitted to evade Ottawa’s rules. Read more about Groups call on Minister Kent to ensure Maxim Power’s proposed coal plant plays by the rules

Alberta Utilities Commission faces court challenge over approval of Milner coal plant expansion

Failure to hold public hearing, expedited approval sparks lawsuit

CALGARY — Ecojustice and the Pembina Institute are taking the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to court over its decision to grant Maxim Power Corp.’s coal plant expansion interim approval without a public hearing.

As the AUC itself made clear, the expedited approval was given in a blatant attempt to beat the federal government’s deadline for new greenhouse gas regulations. Read more about Alberta Utilities Commission faces court challenge over approval of Milner coal plant expansion

Alberta must hold public hearing before approving new coal-fired power plant

CALGARY, AB —As the world grapples with the challenge of climate change, the Alberta government is poised to grant approval to a new coal-fired power plant without even holding a public hearing.

The proposed power plant would be built 20 kilometres north of Grande Cache, Alberta, on the site of an existing 150 megawatt facility. The new power plant, a project of Maxim Power Corporation, would produce 500 megawatts of power and emit over 3 million tonnes of greenhouse gas pollution each year for its 45-year lifespan, equivalent to adding 590,000 vehicles to the road. Read more about Alberta must hold public hearing before approving new coal-fired power plant

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Campaign

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Fossil Fuels Subsidies Counter

Climate Action Network Canada has created a Fossil Fuel Subsidies Counter that shows the amount of money per second in tax breaks going to some of the wealthiest companies on the planet. Please post the Counter far and wide and link it back to their Subsidies page on the Climate Action Network Canada website:

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Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Utilities Commission decision to deny Capital Power's application to remove greenhouse gas reduction commitments associated with the Genesee III coal power plant.

The Pembina Institute, as a member of the Clean Energy Coalition, had opposed the application. Read more about Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

New Pembina analysis shows Canada falling behind the U.S. on regulating climate pollution

OTTAWA — Detailed analysis released today by the Pembina Institute examines the structure and significance of the Obama Administration's plans to start regulating industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions next month. Despite the Government of Canada's stated intent to harmonize its climate change policies with the U.S., there are currently no proposed Canadian federal regulations to limit GHGs from key industry sectors like the oilsands. Read more about New Pembina analysis shows Canada falling behind the U.S. on regulating climate pollution

Capital Power seeks to renege on commitment to cut coal plant greenhouse gas pollution in half at Thursday hearing

A major player in the dirtiest electrical energy system in Canada attempts to back out of its legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta

EDMONTON, AB – Environmental groups and landowners, alongside major utility companies, are opposing an application by Capital Power to renege on a legal obligation to offset more than half its greenhouse gas emissions from the new Genesee 3 power plant.

If the Alberta Utilities Commission agrees to allow Capital Power to no longer honour this commitment the company will cease to offset 1.34 MT of greenhouse gas emissions annually, the equivalent of putting 224,000 cars on the road. Read more about Capital Power seeks to renege on commitment to cut coal plant greenhouse gas pollution in half at Thursday hearing

Greenpeace report challenges Canada’s need for dirty, risky fossil fuels

TORONTO — Greenpeace today released a comprehensive analysis of Canada’s energy potential that challenges the need for dirty oil from the tar sands and shows that Canada can create tens of thousands of green jobs, while providing over 90 per cent of the country’s electricity and heating needs from renewable sources by 2050. Read more about Greenpeace report challenges Canada’s need for dirty, risky fossil fuels

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