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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.

December 22, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Company gives details on wind energy project in Cypress County

MEDICINE HAT, AB – The company behind the latest wind project announced for southeastern Alberta shared some additional details about the project. The Cypress Wind Project, which would be built by EDF Renewables, was announced as one of five successful projects in Alberta’s latest Renewable Electricity Program. “We’re very excited and very pleased to have been selected as part of the program,” said Cory Basil, vice president of development with EDF Renewables. “We’re looking forward to investing into the province, investing . . . Complete story »

December 1, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Pincher Creek MPC rejects wind project

In a case which could have implications for the provincial government’s ambitious targets for renewable energy generation, the Municipal Planning Commission for the MD of Pincher Creek, which has one of the largest densities of wind farms in southern Alberta, rejected the proposed Windy Point Wind Project earlier this month after about 80 local landowners said enough was enough. “There’s two issues,” said Bill Trafford, president of the Livingstone Landowners Group which led the charge against Windy Point. “When you . . . Complete story »

October 17, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Cleanup of wind and solar sites won’t land at Alberta farmers’ feet

With a growing number of wind and solar developments studding Alberta’s landscape, the province has enshrined new rules that ensure operators – not landowners – are ultimately responsible for cleaning them up. The province has had renewable energy development for over two decades, but landowner advocates have more recently grumbled about insufficient rules. For one, farmers and landowners wanted to make sure their property is returned to its prior state when renewable facilities expired. The oil and gas industry has had such . . . Complete story »

August 24, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Save the river valley: Buy energy from a wind farm, say advocates to Epcor

Putting solar panels in Edmonton’s river valley instead of another local site will save Epcor roughly $19 million – but a wind farm would be cheaper still. Epcor promised to build a local renewable energy option in its last rate-setting deal with the city. It told council’s utility committee Thursday that putting the solar farm next to its water treatment facility in the North Saskatchewan River valley is $19 million cheaper than building on purchased land somewhere else in Edmonton. But . . . Complete story »

July 19, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Axing carbon tax could mean dead calm: NDP

Alberta’s environment minister says a promise by conservatives to repeal the carbon levy would put billions of dollars in windfarm investments in southern Alberta at risk. Last week, Ontario’s new Conservative government announced an abrupt end to that province’s cap-and-trade carbon pricing system and cancelled wind-energy contracts they say have driven up prices. Last year, the Energy Alberta ministry awarded three major electricity supply contracts to wind farms proposed near Bow Island, Oyen and Pincher Creek in a system partly . . . Complete story »

June 29, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm in eastern Alberta has residents of neighbouring communities uneasy

The proposed Sharp Hills Wind Farm near the hamlets of New Brigden and Sedalia, north of Oyen, has many in the region questioning the potential impact the dozens of turbines with massive blades will have on their health and the environment. According to EDP renewals, the wind farm, which would be one of the largest of its kind in North America, would include 83 turbines capable of generating enough combined energy to power approximately 160,000 homes each year. Each of . . . Complete story »

June 27, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Developer cancels weather tower permit

A permit to erect a meteorological tower on land in the St. Lina area has since been cancelled, with no word if the company behind the permit is still considering the area as a potential site of a wind energy project. Tanya Dubeau, who had filed an appeal to the permit, said she received a call June 18 from the County of St. Paul informing her the permit has since been cancelled and so it was no longer necessary to . . . Complete story »

June 23, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Weather tower to gather data for possible wind energy project

The County of St. Paul has approved a permit to erect a meteorological tower on private land in the St. Lina area, one of the first steps in determining if a wind energy project is viable. Clym Atkin of LandSolutions confirmed to the Journal the Calgary-based company, acting as land agent, had applied for a permit on behalf of NextEra Energy Canada to erect a tower on SE-19–61-10 W4M to collect weather data pertaining to wind speed, temperature, humidity, rain . . . Complete story »

June 5, 2018 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Final pitch starts today for windfarm near Oyen

Three days of hearings are set to begin today in Oyen, near where EDP Renewables plans to build an 83-turbine windfarm next year at an estimated cost of $500 million. The Alberta Utilities Commission will hear the company’s final proposal to locate, construct and operate phase one of the Sharphills Windfarm. The company says the economic impact will be a boost for the area, local government and landowners. A group of residents however, oppose the project on the grounds that . . . Complete story »

May 19, 2018 • Alberta, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Lots of problems, few benefits from wind farms

We just wanted to add our voice and agreement with James Cook, Westerose, regarding wind farms in the Winfield area or, for that matter, any other area in Alberta. Wind farms are a mistake as has been shown worldwide; we do not want them anywhere in Alberta. Not only are they a subsidized liability, they are far from being “green”—from the materials used to construct them, the concrete needed to hold them in place, to the environmental damage they do . . . Complete story »

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