Catherine Hickson of Alberta No. 1, a geothermal project near Grovedale, Alta., south of Grande Prairie, said geothermal could benefit farmers and rural communities. | Screencap via albertano1.ca

‘Heat highway’: opportunity or danger?

Alberta needs to do more to protect farmers under proposed provincial legislation that aims to clarify the rules for the development of geothermal energy, says a surface rights advocate. “We’ve told the government we’re very concerned about this new geothermal bill because it strips all the protection of oil and gas away from these (geothermal) […] Read more

The solar energy system EVOLVsolar installed on Joe Wecker’s farm in southern Saskatchewan will produce approximately 130,000 kilowatt hours per year. | photo by EVOLVsolar

Rebates make solar power a ‘no-brainer’

UPDATE: September 23, 2019 – The day this story was posted SaskPower announced it was halting its net metering program. The program is currently “under review.” Joe Wecker spent years looking into a solar power system for his organic farm in southern Saskatchewan, but it didn’t make financial sense until a rebate program was introduced by […] Read more

The Helsinki horse show in mid-October will be the first at which the event's electricity needs, from scoreboards to lighting, are met by energy from the horses' droppings. | Screencap via www.helsinkihorseshow.fi

Brown energy? Dung to power Finnish horse show

OSLO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Horse manure will generate electricity for an international horse show in Finland this month in a new form of alternative energy, Finnish utility Fortum said on Wednesday. It said the Helsinki horse show in mid-October will be the first at which the event’s electricity needs, from scoreboards to lighting, are […] Read more


Environment minister Scott Moe announced today that the potential impacts on migratory birds were too great and for that reason he could not approve it. | File photo

Sask. rejects wind turbine project at Chaplin

A wind power project near Chaplin, Sask., will not go ahead in its proposed location. Environment minister Scott Moe announced today that the potential impacts on migratory birds were too great and for that reason he could not approve it. The $355 million project was planned for an area north of Chaplin. Chaplin Lake, part […] Read more

Farmers trying to decide which resource to tap should keep in mind that data on solar-wind comparisons are tough to access.  |  File photo

Solar vs. wind: A tough call

Farmers who look on the internet for an easy solution to the question, which is better, solar or wind generation, will not find it. Natural Resources Canada has a good solar potential map with bright colours and useful measurements. It’s considered to be a good source of solar information. Unfortunately, there’s no comparable map for […] Read more