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Alberta retains $600,000-man to help it end coal-fired power


March 16, 2016 – To help it meet its target of zero coal-fired power by 2030, the Province of Alberta has retained Terry Boston as “coal phase-out facilitator”—to the tune of up to $600,000—to help it “navigate this highly specialized and complex transition” and ensure system reliability.

“Our plan will ensure Alberta consumers and taxpayers are protected, communities and workers are supported, and companies and investors are treated fairly throughout this transition,” said Deron Bilous, minister of economic development and trade.

As the province transitions from coal to renewables and natural gas, Boston will work with coal-fired electricity generators, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and the province to develop options to phase-out emissions from coal-fired generation by 2030.

The facilitator is tasked with presenting options to government that aim to maintain the reliability of Alberta’s grid, maintain price stability and avoid unnecessarily stranding capital. 12 of Alberta’s 18 coal-fired generating units are expected to shut down before 2030 under federal coal regulations. The primary focus of Boston’s work will be with the six coal generation units that would otherwise be expected to operate past 2030.

The Coal Secretariat at Alberta Energy will provide policy development advice and analysis, as well as administrative support throughout the process.

Boston recently retired from PJM Interconnection, where he served as president & CEO from 2008 to 2015. Before that, he served as executive vice-president of Tennessee Valley Authority.

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