Pipelines are too important to ignore

The debate over pipelines is in serious need of a heavy dose of common sense. Farmers, like the First Nations people, have to be fully involved in debate. Moving oil and gas long distances is a necessity in an area as large as North America. Pipelines are clearly the best option. It is true they […] Read more

Incentives needed to encourage operators to adopt solar energy

Alternative power Solar Energy Society of Alberta says technology is viable in Saskatchewan and Alberta

Farmers in southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan are ideally situated to use solar energy, says the executive director of the Solar Energy Society of Alberta. Long hours of sunshine make the region the best in Canada for solar energy potential, and the technology is becoming more affordable. Rob Harlan said the cost of photovoltaic modules […] Read more

Energy company activities infuriate Alberta residents

PEACE RIVER, Alta. — Richard and Audrey Langer gave up their fight with nearby energy companies this spring and moved off the farm. After years of complaining about the odours from nearby oil operations, the couple moved 75 kilo-metres west where they said the air didn’t smell so foul. Langer’s father homesteaded the farm in […] Read more

Dam-nation: Why Man. plan is too costly

Many Manitoba residents are aware of the provincial government’s planned massive expansion of Manitoba Hydro’s northern hydroelectric generation and transmission facilities, but few understand the negative implications for their own pocketbooks. The government’s plans for Hydro were developed before 2008, when the economic environment was different. At that time, premier Gary Doer said: “Hydroelectricity is […] Read more

Small scale wind or solar more economical? It’s no contest

Just as the wind can roar and then subside, so can the fortunes of the machines designed to capture its energy. A few years ago, it seemed that wind had the edge over solar in kilowatt hours produced per dollar invested in residential projects. For Sask-atchewan, that resulted in a brief but intense love affair. […] Read more

Population growth creates challenges for Alberta power

The United Nations estimates 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and another billion do not have reliable service. But in energy rich Alberta, people expect the lights to turn on when they flip a switch. “Our biggest job is to ensure the power system is reliable for everybody in Alberta, whether that is big […] Read more

Energy line opponents target proposed route

Grant Budgeon could have nine sets of mega towers crossing seven quarters of his Crossfield-area farm if a proposed electrical transmission line goes ahead. He is among hundreds of Alberta landowners protesting a series of high power transmission lines proposed for the next few years. Many argue the deal to put in the lines is […] Read more

Landowners feel powerless in fight against energy company

The expansion of Alberta’s electrical generation system is a boondoggle that is going ahead even though economists and landowners question the need and the costs to taxpayers, says a Calgary area rancher. Bob Church, a retired University of Calgary scientist, already has parallel lines running across his family’s ranch north of Calgary. He questions the […] Read more

Getting green education lifelong learning process

Learning doesn’t stop at the school doorway. A wealth of knowledge is available to us today from both traditional forms of information and the newer internet-based information sources. It is equally true for those interested in green building and renewable energy. It is up to each of us to search and distill what we find. […] Read more

Halt wind turbines until rural concerns satisfied: Ontario lobby

Ontario’s most powerful farm lobby is calling on the province to suspend expansion of rural-based wind turbines until issues of farmer compensation and rural politics are settled. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture has urged a halt to “the invasion of rural Ontario with industrial wind turbines.” With almost 2,000 megawatts of wind turbine capacity, almost […] Read more