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Can Grassroots groups move the dial on Renewable Energy in Alberta?

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 11:00 AM
  • Tipperary's Pub

As reported in the June 18th Calgary Herald, on Tuesday, June 17th, Jim Prentice, speaking about Alberta’s SGER carbon levy of $15 per tonne applied to 12% of carbon emissions from large emitters, stated:
“I would not end the levy, I think the levy is working fine… but I do not support any notion of doubling down on this at a time when, frankly, our major competitor isn’t prepared to take the same steps.”
The Alberta Renewable Energy Alliance has a suggestion – don’t increase the levy with a double double whammy of $30 per tonne and 24% reduction below baseline, as this effectively and immediately quadruples the levy to $60 per tonne for those emitters unable to reduce their emission intensity or purchase offsets to accomplish same. Why not promulgate an annual change in the SGER levy with a two by two approach - $2.00 per year increase from $15 per tonne CO2e and a 2% per year reduction beyond the 12% reduction below baseline emission intensity?
This action would show ‘progressive’ leadership in controlling GHG emissions in Alberta and indicate to the Federal and U.S. governments that Alberta is prepared to take initiatives without waiting to be told.
Funds accrued via the SGER levy should be appropriated to incent the advancement of renewable energy and energy efficiency to parallel subsidies which have been awarded to the hydrocarbon industry for decades.
Join us on Saturday June 21 to discuss how we can move the dial on this issue during the leadership race for Premier.
Ken Hogg Coordinator, Calgary Renewable Energy Meetup

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