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Wind Power News: Alberta


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

January 11, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Farm proposed for Sedalia area

EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. Received was selected as one of three companies in the opening round of the Renewable Electricity Program, which will result in about $1 billion of private-sector investment in green power generation in Alberta. While the company isn’t local, they plan to set up shop near Sedalia and New Brigden with an 83-turbine wind farm. “I’m pleased to see our plan is working to make life better and more affordable,” noted Premier Rachel Notley in December when . . . Complete story »

December 14, 2017 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind power projects in southern Alberta get green light from province to develop

MEDICINE HAT, AB – Three companies have been selected to build wind power facilities in the province, including two in southeastern Alberta, following the first bidding round for Alberta’s Renewable Electricty Program. The provincial government made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon, noting the three projects will add approximately 600 megawatts of renewable power, or enough to power up to 255,000 homes. The projects represent 200 more megawatts than originally planned. Capital Power, EDP Renewables Canada and Enel Green Power North American . . . Complete story »

October 16, 2017 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Province downplays bird death issue as it expands wind power

Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says Alberta is taking precautions to ensure minimal effects on bird and bat populations as it expands the use of wind power in the province, but says allegations that wind energy is a major killer of winged wildlife have been vastly overblown in the past. Conservationists aren’t so sure, however, and believe the province must do more to mitigate an increasing threat to birds and bats from new turbines in the province coming over the next . . . Complete story »

July 3, 2017 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine shot multiple times with high-powered rifle in southern Alberta

Someone caused $25,000 in damage to a wind turbine on the Piikani First Nation in southern Alberta by shooting it multiple times with a high-powered rifle, according to police. Piikani RCMP asked the public for help Monday in identifying the culprit. They said a technician discovered bullet holes while doing service on the Weather Dancer wind turbine on June 12. The turbine is believed to have been shot sometime between April 18 and May 31. Anyone with information about the . . . Complete story »

June 7, 2017 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Land reclassified to accommodate wind farm

The oft-delayed NaturEner Wild Rose 2 Energy Inc. wind turbine project was up for discussion again Tuesday, as the company applied to have seven additional property titles south of Dunmore reclassified to be part of its Wind Energy Facility district. NaturEner director of renewable development Dave Trofimenkoff spoke at the public hearing for the reclassification and answered councillors’ questions, mainly on the subject of when Cypress County might actually see the proposed project – in development for years – built. Trofimenkoff said . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2017 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Issues brought forward during Coffee with Council

Citizens of Lundbreck and the MD of Pincher Creek brought concerns forward to councillors regarding animal control, wind turbines and roads during the Municipal District’s Coffee with Council event last Tuesday. Depreciating wind turbines: a hot topic Wind turbines were a hot topic amongst the 30 or so in attendance at the Lundbreck Community Hall. Residents are worried not only about the potential hindrance of their views but also of the possibility of taxes increasing when the MD loses tax . . . Complete story »

May 10, 2017 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Alberta’s electricity future blowin’ in the wind

Alberta has huge potential to produce clean energy from wind but so far it is largely untapped, delegates to a conference on wind-generated electricity were told in Edmonton Tuesday. Even though Alberta was the site of Canada’s first commercial wind farm in 1993, it has fallen behind other provinces in wind power. Ontario is the top wind-power producer among provinces, followed by Quebec and then Alberta. Right now, Alberta has 901 wind turbines with total capacity to generate 1,479 megawatts . . . Complete story »

March 31, 2017 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Competition will be ‘fierce’ for green contracts

The man behind a 12-year-old plan to build a major wind farm near Medicine Hat says he expects competition to be “fierce” as the province prepares to open a process to award green power contracts. At the same time, Naturener CEO Jose Maria Sanchez Seara tells the News e expects his company’s planned 210-megawatt Wild Rose Wind Farm to garner serious consideration in the process that officially begins today. By the end of the year, the province plans to enter . . . Complete story »

March 25, 2017 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Landowners have one chance to negotiate renewable energy lease

A panel of government experts from the Farmers’ Advocate Office and Alberta Utilities Commission met with about 40 landowners at the Cypress County office Thursday night to discuss the pros and cons of negotiating leases with renewable energy companies. FAO energy, utilities and policy specialist Michele Del Colle and AUC director of external affairs Jim Law fielded questions on everything from contract negotiations, right-of-entry and end-of-life reclamation at the public session. Del Colle said the big thing for landowners to . . . Complete story »

March 12, 2017 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

County considering changes to land-use bylaw to address section on renewable energy

Vulcan County is looking to make amendments to its land-use bylaw regarding renewable energy applications. The amended bylaw will be presented to council Wednesday for first reading. Anne Erickson, the County’s development officer, wrote in a report for the March 1 council meeting that “concerns have been brought forward” about alternative/renewable energy development in the land-use bylaw. Schedule 5 of that bylaw covers things like solar collectors, wind energy conversion systems, and “other alternative/renewable energy commercial/industrial projects” such as geothermal, . . . Complete story »

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