The Conservation and Reclamation Directive for Renewable Energy Operations applies to wind farms as well as solar and geothermal power projects.  |  File photo

Alberta directs renewable energy reclamation

The Canadian Wind Energy Association welcomes the new rules, saying they will help build community trust

Landowners won’t be on the hook for reclamation costs on wind and solar projects in Alberta now that the government has developed new rules. Reclamation of such projects hasn’t been an issue because most are relatively new or still within their useful lives, but until last month there were no provisions in place to force […] Read more

Many contracts for renewable energy projects such as wind farms have no requirement for site reclamation, and there’s no equivalent to the Orphan Well Association that exists in Alberta for the oil and gas industry.  |  File photo

Caution urged with renewable energy contracts

Landowners told protections provided when dealing with oil and gas companies don’t apply to wind and solar sectors

TABER, Alta. — Southern Alberta’s abundance of sun and wind continues to attract proposals for wind and solar farms, but landowners should be wary about the contents of any contracts they sign, says a landowner advocate. Daryl Bennett, vice-president of industry and government regulatory affairs for the My Landman Group, said those who negotiate contracts […] Read more

Barley is expected to be a major feedstock for a proposed ethanol plant that private investors began planning in 2007.  |  File photo

Barley and peas to fuel ethanol plant

Proposed facility near Clavet, Sask., would boost the barley sector and provide a feed byproduct for livestock producers

Saskatchewan barley and pea growers could soon have a big new customer for their crops. Developers are putting the finishing touches on a plan to build a $325 million ethanol plant near Saskatoon that will use those two crops as its primary feedstock. Prairie Green Renewable Energy (PGRE) would be the biggest ethanol plant in […] Read more


The solar array installed on Merlinds Farms near Grassy Lake, Alta., will power irrigation pivots this summer.  |  Barb Glen photo

Irrigator plans to run pivots with solar

GRASSY LAKE, Alta. — Alberta’s first solar-operated irrigation pivot will start making its rounds this spring as soon as water starts flowing in canals. The 136.4 kilowatt solar array was installed at Merlinds Farms Ltd., operated by brothers Cory and Lindsay Nelson, in November, so they have yet to see how it functions in terms […] 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

Wind turbine project rejected

A wind power project near Chaplin, Sask., will not go ahead in its proposed location. Environment minister Scott Moe announced Sept. 19 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, […] Read more


Residents in the Swift Current, Sask., area will get their first official look next week at plans for a $90 million wind and solar renewable energy project. | File photo

Sask. renewable energy project going public

Residents in the Swift Current, Sask., area will get their first official look next week at plans for a $90 million wind and solar renewable energy project. SaskWind hopes the community will be impressed enough during Monday’s public meeting to take ownership of the project. James Glennie, president of SaskWind, said the company has been […] Read more