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Facilitator to help Alberta transition away from coal

The province has hired a facilitator to help it move away from coal-fired power plants. The government has set a goal of phasing out emissions from coal by 2030 and has hired the former head of North America’s largest power grid to present some options.

Terry Boston recently retired as president and CEO of PJM Interconnection. During his time there, roughly 16,000 megawatts of coal-fired generation retired, with another 7,000 expected to retire by 2019.

Boston will work with coal-fire electricity generators, the Alberta Electric System Operator and the government to try and keep the province’s electricity grid reliable and consumer prices stable.

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