03/16/2016 05:35 EDT | Updated 03/16/2016 05:59 EDT

Terry Boston To Help Alberta Transition Off Coal


EDMONTON — Alberta has hired a point person to work with industry and draw a road map to move the province off coal-fired electricity generation.

Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous says Terry Boston will be paid up to $600,000 and will report by September.

Boston, who is from Tennessee, recently retired as the head of PJM Interconnection, which is the second largest, centrally-dispatched power system in the world.

Bilous says Boston will provide options to transition the system while keeping prices reasonable for consumers.

As part of its climate change plan, Alberta is shutting down coal-fired electricity generation by 2030.

Twelve of Alberta's 18 coal-fired generating units are already expected to be shut down by then, so the focus of Boston's work will be on the remaining six.

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