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Available Expert - Canada announces plan to phase out coal-fired power

Monday, November 21, 2016

Queen's University energy policy expert Warren Mabee is available to comment on the announcement this morning, by Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, that the Liberal government aims to phase out the use of coal-fired power plants by 2030. Coal-fired power currently accounts for 11 per cent of Canada’s electricity capacity, but 70 per cent of the sector’s greenhouse gases.

"In a Canada without coal-fired power, future options for electricity generation include nuclear, natural gas, and renewables," says Dr. Mabee.

Dr. Mabee is the head of the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen's University. He is also the associate director of the Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, the acting director of Queen’s Sustainable Bioeconomy Centre, and the Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development.

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