Asking companies to shut down plants isn't easy but as Alberta wades into this challenge it behooves us to examine successful case studies where coal power producers, workers, governments and environmental groups worked together to shut down a coal plant in a smart, humane and economically responsible way.
Ontario is on track to be the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate dirty coal-fired generation. Two of the largest coal-fired electricity plants in the province, Nanticoke and Lambton, are to close a year early, by end of December 2013, saving ratepayers $95 million.
People are outraged by the Alberta Utilities Commission's fast-tracked interim approval of a 500-megawatt coal plant that would produce three mega tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year. How did this happen? There is a pervasive flaw Alberta's approval system.