Environment minister: sale of NB Power would help achieve environmental goals (09/11/25)

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Nov. 25, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The sale of NB Power to Hydro-Quebec would help reduce the province's annual greenhouse-gas emissions by 11 per cent, and would be instrumental in the province achieving the goals set out in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan, Environment Minister Rick Miles said today.

"This proposed agreement would enable our province to substantially lower emissions and enjoy a healthier, greener future," said Miles. "Staff at the Department of Environment has done extensive research, and it's clear that the sale of NB Power would result in reduced emissions in New Brunswick. These reductions would put us on track to meet or exceed the commitments made in the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan."

Miles tabled a document titled Environmental Implications of Potential Sale of NB Power to Hydro-Quebec today in the legislature.

The department's data show that under this potential agreement, New Brunswick will exceed its 2012 greenhouse-gas-emissions reduction target by one million tonnes due to the decommissioning of NB Power's facilities at Grand Lake and Dalhousie.

Data also show that mercury emissions will be below the 2010 Canada-wide Standard for coal-fired power plants set for New Brunswick, and will reach the high end of 2010 reduction targets set by the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers. Sulphur dioxide emissions will be more than two times lower than 2010 targets set by the conference.

While there are no plans to close any facilities other than Grand Lake and Dalhousie, the potential closure of all of NB Power's carbon-based facilities would result in annual reductions of:

"Hydro-Quebec is an environmentally conscious organization that is recognized as a world leader in renewable energy," said Miles. "This strong commitment to environmental sustainability will only add to the already strong culture of environmental awareness for which NB Power is known."

The Government of New Brunswick launched the five-year New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan in June 2007. Information about the New Brunswick Climate Change Action Plan 2007-12 is available online.


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.