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Ottawa remains flexible on its regulations governing power plants

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The Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, during a question period in the House of municipalities in 2022.

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The federal government is open to the idea of ​​pushing back the date from which all power plants that run on natural gas must be equipped with technology to capture their emissions.

This is what Federal Energy Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said on Tuesday, who specified that discussions in this direction were taking place before the first Alberta Minister Danielle Smith announces her intention to invoke her province's Sovereignty Act.

According to Ms. Smith, this law allows Alberta to avoid legislation adopted in Ottawa regarding the transition to green energy.

The federal Minister of the Environment, Steven Guilbeault, believes that this law is only a symbolic political gesture which does not ;has no basis in law or in the Constitution of Canada.

Mr. Wilkinson said he was baffled by the situation, as Ottawa has made clear it understands the province's concerns about how some newer gas plants could become useless assets if regulations are not implemented. ;is not adjusted.

The draft regulation which was tabled this summer by the federal government stipulates that any power plant which generates greenhouse gas emissions greenhouse will have to close or install a system to reduce its emissions by 2035.

But the gas power plants which are built and are starting to operating before 2025 can operate without this constraint for 20 years from their opening date, and Mr. Wilkinson argued that the government is considering extending this period to address the concerns of some provinces.

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