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Alberta government says advisory report shows federal electricity targets are ‘reckless’

The Alberta government says the findings of a new report from a federal advisory committee are proof that Ottawa should abandon its “reckless” 2035 clean electricity targets.

The federally appointed Canada Electricity Advisory Council — a group made up of industry leaders, Indigenous leaders and executives — released a report Monday with suggestions on how Ottawa can accomplish its goal of decarbonizing the country’s electricity grid.

In the report, the council says decarbonizing the grid is a daunting challenge in jurisdictions like Alberta and Saskatchewan, where fossil fuels still make up the majority of electricity generating capacity.

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The council says these provinces will need both federal financial support and “flexibility” around expectations in order to decarbonize their grids.

Alberta has long said that it can’t achieve a net-zero grid by 2035, but will work toward a 2050 target instead.

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The province said Tuesday the advisory council’s report supports its stance that “one-size-fits-all” electricity regulations are unrealistic and setting it up for failure.

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