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New report examines impacts of coal-fired power in Canada

Pembina Institute study outlines pollution from coal-fired power in run up to Environment Canada’s pending coal regulations

EDMONTON — Canada’s “cheap” coal power carries considerable hidden costs in terms of harmful pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, says a new report released by the Pembina Institute.

Coal use is concentrated in a few provinces in Canada, but pollution from coal-fired electricity generation is a problem of national concern. Recent proposals to weaken impending federal coal regulations could, if accepted, further compromise efforts to reduce Canada’s most polluting, most carbon-intensive electricity source. Read more about New report examines impacts of coal-fired power in Canada

Pembina reacts to announcement that Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed

CALGARY, AB — Chris Severson-Baker, spokesperson for the Pembina Institute, made the following comments in response to TransAlta’s announcement that the Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed: Read more about Pembina reacts to announcement that Pioneer Carbon Capture and Storage project will not proceed

Thousands of Canadians demand for Canada to go beyond coal

OTTAWA - Over 5,000 letters demanding stricter greenhouse gas regulations for coal power in Canada were submitted during the public consultation period on federal coal regulations. Climate Action Network Canada believes that if incorporated into the proposed regulations, measures proposed in member submissions could insure that these regulations have a meaningful impact on Canada’s path towards a safer, more sustainable future. Read more about Thousands of Canadians demand for Canada to go beyond coal

Alberta court denies Maxim coal plant challenge

Contentious expansion project to go-ahead

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 about Alberta court denies Maxim coal plant challenge

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

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

Pembina reacts to new federal regulations for coal-fired electricity

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 about Pembina reacts to new federal regulations for coal-fired electricity

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

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