Alberta

Overview of Electricity Sector

Just as it relies on the extraction of fossil fuels to power its economy, the province of Alberta is also heavily dependent on them for electricity production. In 2015, coal and natural gas generation accounted for the vast majority of its roughly 16,242 MW of installed capacity [i]. At the end of 2014, Alberta had over...

Renewable Energy

With its wide-open spaces, and agricultural sector, Alberta has the renewable resources to become a powerhouse in solar, wind, and bioenergy. However, renewables accounted for less than a quarter of the province’s installed capacity in 2014. Home to Canada’s first commercial wind farm, Alberta hosts 1,500 MW of installed wind capacity, rendering it third in Canada...

Community Energy

Despite there being no provincial policies in place to encourage community power through co-operative ownership, Spark Your Power has emerged as Alberta’s first member-owned retail renewable power co-operative. It offers customers the opportunity to purchase locally generated Green Energy Offsets from small generators in Alberta. In addition, several municipalities have implemented incentive programs to facilitate...

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