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 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

Potentia Renewables was selected from among 29 candidates to build a 200-megawatt facility just south of Assiniboia. | Screencap via potentiarenewables.com

Saskatchewan selects wind farm project

Saskatchewan’s largest wind farm project should be operating by 2021. Environment minister Dustin Duncan, who is also responsible for SaskPower, said last week Potentia Renewables was selected from among 29 candidates to build a 200-megawatt facility just south of Assiniboia. The Gold South wind farm would include up to 60 turbines in the rural municipalities […] Read more


A new location has been selected for a proposed wind power project in southwestern Saskatchewan. | File photo

Proposed wind power project chooses new site

A new location has been selected for a proposed wind power project in southwestern Saskatchewan. In September, the province’s environment minister did not approve the first site north of Chaplin because of the potential impact on migratory birds. Now, SaskPower and Algonquin Power have agreed to situate the $355 million, 177-megawatt project in the Blue […] Read more