Those involved in renewable energy programs in Alberta are awaiting signals from the new United Conservative Party government about future support and direction.
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Renewable sector on hold in Alberta

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Those involved in renewable energy programs in Alberta are awaiting signals from the new United Conservative Party government about future support and direction. “There’s a lot of uncertainty right now on what programs might be rolled back, what incentives might be rolled back, so that creates not a great environment for […] Read more

Canada’s first major wind energy project peeks out of the clouds on Cowley Ridge in southern Alberta with the Livingstone range in the background. The turbines have been replaced with newer ones in recent years.  |  Joanne Elves photo

Pioneer wind turbine on the auction block

Power-generating wind turbines were a novelty in southern Alberta back in the 1990s. When a few of them popped up near Cowley, Alta., an area known for its frequent westerly winds, they were items of interest and landmarks to point out when driving by. Now the southwestern corner of Alberta has hundreds of wind turbines […] Read more

The Saskatchewan NDP has proposed a new program — Renew Saskatchewan — to tackle climate change, reduce power bills, create new jobs and increase the province’s supply of clean energy.  |  File photo

Sask. must tackle renewable energy

Of all the conversations I’ve had about climate change, the most eye-opening are with farmers. They see the changes in growing seasons, wet years that are wetter, dry years that are drier, floods and fires and changes in weeds and wildlife. They know that we have to act to slow climate change and to adapt […] Read more


The Alberta government is anticipating a new $200 million subsidy program will help rural groups or co-operatives develop renewable energy projects for their communities. | File photo

Alta. launches $200 million renewable energy program

The Alberta government is anticipating a new $200 million subsidy program will help rural groups or co-operatives develop renewable energy projects for their communities. Projects up for consideration must be smaller in scale, in the five-to-25 megawatt range, and funds will come in the form of 20-year contracts, said Shannon Phillips, the minister in charge […] Read more

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