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Alberta court denies Maxim coal plant challenge

Contentious expansion project to go-ahead

21 Oct 2011

CALGARY — An Alberta court has rejected Ecojustice's challenge, launched on behalf of the Pembina Institute, of the Alberta Utilities Commission's (AUC) approval of a controversial coal-fired power plant expansion.

In June, the AUC endorsed an expansion of Maxim Power Corp.'s Milner plant in Grande Cache, Alta., a move that could allow the company to avoid new federal greenhouse gas regulations that effectively require a 50 per cent cut in emissions. Read more »

Posted October 21, 2011 by AEN

Alberta court to decide if it will hear Maxim coal plant challenge

5 Oct 2011

CALGARY — Tomorrow, an Alberta court will hear an Ecojustice application to appeal Maxim Power Corp.’s controversial Milner coal plant expansion.

The groups seek to overturn the Alberta Utilities Commission’s (AUC) hasty approval of the Milner project, which allows Maxim to avoid incoming federal greenhouse gas regulations.

Ecojustice, on behalf the Pembina Institute, will appear before the Court of Appeal of Alberta tomorrow. The hearing will determine if the appeal can proceed or not. Read more »

Posted October 4, 2011 by AEN

Pembina reacts to new federal regulations for coal-fired electricity

19 Aug 2011

Edmonton, AB — Tim Weis, Director of Renewable Energy and Efficiency, made the following statement in response to today's announcement by Environment Minister Peter Kent regarding federal regulations for greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired electricity:  Read more »

Posted August 19, 2011 by AEN

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

10 Aug 2011

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 »

Posted August 11, 2011 by AEN

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

11 Aug 2011

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 »

Posted August 11, 2011 by AEN

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

Failure to hold public hearing, expedited approval sparks lawsuit

2 Aug 2011

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. Read more »

Posted August 3, 2011 by AEN

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

24 Mar 2011

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. Read more »

Posted March 24, 2011 by AEN

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Campaign

Initiative: 
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:

http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/fossil-tax-breaks/index.php

And instructions for posting it on websites:

http://www.climateactionnetwork.ca/e/fossil-tax-breaks/index.php?WEBYEP_... Read more »

Posted March 4, 2011 by Anonymous

Western Alberta Transmission Line Project Info Sessions

In anticipation of receiving an application for the Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL), the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) is holding a series of information sessions in which "it will explain how interested persons can participate in the hearing process for the WATL project application." The WATL project proposes the construction of a high-voltage direct-current transmission line with a northern terminal in the vicinity of the existing Keephills and Genesee generating units west of Edmonton and the southern terminal at or in the vicinity of the existing Langdon 102S substation east of Calgary.

More information about the WATL project can be found on the AUC website. Read more »

Posted February 17, 2011 by AEN

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