On Wednesday, January 14, at the University of Alberta, the Pembina Institute presented Greening the Grid, a report that details how Albertans can green their electrical grid by 2028 According to the authors, if we adopt the more aggressive of the two options detailed in the report – which we should – we can phase out coal generation entirely by 2028. Using existing technologies!
Ironically, the top 100 infrastructure projects list, released the same week, showed, in the number eight position, Alberta’s top project: a coal-fired generating plant (“Alberta boasts more projects atop infrastructure list than any other province,” The Edmonton Journal, Jan. 13). A setback, to say the least.
In any case, an energy-smart government would look seriously at the report put forward by the Institute and move quickly towards getting green energy projects on the infrastructure top 100 list for 2010. And at the same time, put a halt to any coal-fired generating plants from ever making the list again.