Canada plans to phase out coal-powered electricity by 2030, joining accelerated phase-out commitments from France, Britain, the Netherlands, Austria and Denmark

Canada has announced it will accelerate plans to phase out coal-fired electricity. An earlier goal of generating 80% of electricity from renewables and nuclear by 2030 will be upped to 90%, said environment minister Kathleen McKenna. “Taking traditional coal power out of our energy mix and replacing it with cleaner technologies will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve the health of Canadians, and benefit generations for years to come,” McKenna told The Hill. Four of Canada’s provinces still burn coal for electricity: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, notes Reuters. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia welcomed the announcement, while Alberta’s Climate Change Minister said it already has a coal-cutting plan with the same timeline. However, Saskatchewan’s Premier Brad Wall said the government has violated a commitment to work with provinces on environment matters. Some coal power plants could be kept on, notes Ars Technica, as long as they use carbon capture and storage. Climate Home, Bloomberg and BusinessGreen also have the story.

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Canada has announced plans to phase out the use of coal-fired electricity by 2030.  The move is in stark contrast to President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to revive the American coal industry.

Four of Canada’s 10 provinces still use coal-based electricity. Alberta had been working toward phasing out coal-fired electricity by 2030