While the Notley government says it’s committed to having 30 per cent of the province’s electricity supply come from renewables by 2030, staff at the city’s office of the environment say the vast majority of that will come from industry.
That target, as announced by environment minister Shannon Phillips is now firm and should see the creation of an additional 5,000 megawatts of renewable power that will bring in at least $10.5 billion in investment.
The contribution from City of Edmonton operations, will be slim said the director of the city’s office of the environment. “This city operations is fairly small in the bigger scheme of things and so we figure we have 15 megawatts that if the city was entirely renewable, just the city operations piece, so that’s part of the challenge,” said Mark Brostrom.
“One of the differences in the province is we have things like the oil and gas industry, we have the oil sands, and larger industries that provide a fairly significant portion of the provincial green house gas emissions,” Brostrom said. “Then there’s folks like you and I that live in cities and communities and contribute through our homes, our work, through our transportation, all of that.”
They weren’t able to guess what private home owners, commercial space, or industry with in the city could contribute on the city’s own plan which has a similar 35 per cent by 2035 target. “It’s exciting and I think the industry is already anticipating it because we understand there’s a number of projects already developing business plans in anticipation of provincial support,” said program manager Jim Andrais.
With the target set, Premier Rachel Notley is heading to New York Sunday to promote the plan.