Renewable Energy Fact Sheets

 Our friends at Prairie Conservation Forum  have put together these fact sheets to serve as helpful information for both landowners and industry.

Alberta aims to reduce coal-powered electrical generation and increase renewable energy generation. In 2017, renewable sources supplied about 9% of Alberta’s electricity. The goal is to increase that to 30% by 2030. This has implications for current land use. Wind, solar and other renewable energy projects offer such benefits as stimulation of local economies, diversification of energy supplies, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions.

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However, these projects can have adverse environmental impacts, and a variety of wildlife and cultural activities. The impacts may include fragmentation or loss of native grasslands and wildlife habitat, soil degradation, and invasive weed problems. Examples of other potential impacts include noise, increased traffic and particularly if they are sited in native grassland or parkland areas that support livestock production dust, or alterations to the surrounding view, depending on the project. Renewable energy projects need to be properly planned, developed, operated and decommissioned to minimize the risk of potentially negative impacts. The Alberta Government has set out regulations, guidelines and other tools for renewable energy development and an approval process to determine if proposed projects are in the social, economic and environmental interests of Alberta. The recent amendment to the Conservation and Reclamation Regulation enables the Government to develop conservation and reclamation requirements and to require a developer to obtain a reclamation certificate at the end of a project’s operations.

 

Landowner Fact Sheet 

 

Industry Information Sheet