Two trains derail in Alberta during windstorm

Wainwright, Alta. — During the wind storm that clobbered much of the Prairies Oct. 17 two trains in Alberta derailed, closing one main line and halting some grain movement. CN crews cleaned up two wrecks after winds in excess of 100 km/h in the area. One 67-car train derailed near Huxley and one 13-car train […] Read more


‘It’s remarkable’: Alberta canola survives fierce winds

Mannville, Alta. — After a massive windstorm on the eve of Oct. 17, swathed canola in Alberta’s northern regions was largely unscathed. Keith Gabert, an agronomy specialist with the Canola Council of Canada, said while some of the crop blew over and piled up, much of it hardly moved. “We’re very fortunate (the windstorm) didn’t […] Read more




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


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



Wind statistics not extraordinary

Damaging storms | Other factors play role in devastating grass fires and windstorms

Wind is Chris Hugenholtz’s family heritage. His Dutch grandfather created his own miniature wind turbine to power radios that supplied information to the resistance during the Second World War. Thus the power and importance of wind was ingrained in the family culture, augmented in the young Hugenholtz by family sailing and wind surfing activities. But […] 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