Premier Brad Wall will travel to Washington, D.C., from March 4 to 7 to promote Saskatchewan’s leading-edge work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
One of the highlights of his trip is March 5, when he will be a featured panelist on Saskatchewan’s CCS initiatives at a coal technology symposium for U.S. legislators and energy experts.
Wall outlined the CCS research that has taken place in Saskatchewan over the past 30 years, and showcase SaskPower’s Boundary Dam integrated CCS project, which is the world’s first commercially viable project to capture carbon dioxide from a coal-combustion power plant.
“Coal is not going away as a major energy source, either here in Saskatchewan or in the United States,” Wall said. “Boundary Dam (Unit) 3 is opening in mid-2014. It will be a game changer, showing the world how we can all continue to use our coal resources, while addressing the challenges of greenhouse gas emissions, and helping industry leave a greener and smaller environmental impact.”
The premier will meet with a number of Democratic and Republican U.S. senators, congressmen and members of the U.S. administration during his time in Washington. In addition to promoting CCS technology, he will advocate for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, and highlight the negative impact of country-of-origin labelling (COOL) legislation that was recently passed in the United States.
“These meetings are another opportunity to point out that in addition to the obvious economic benefits of the Keystone pipeline, that Canada's public and private sector have been investing more than any other of our competitor energy nations to make energy development more sustainable,” Wall said.
Wall said it is imperative that American legislators understand these issues have far-reaching implications for today and into the future, and that the most effective way to reduce their potential impact is through consultation and cooperation.