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Western Alberta Transmission Line Project Info Sessions

In anticipation of receiving an application for the Western Alberta Transmission Line (WATL), the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) is holding a series of information sessions in which "it will explain how interested persons can participate in the hearing process for the WATL project application." The WATL project proposes the construction of a high-voltage direct-current transmission line with a northern terminal in the vicinity of the existing Keephills and Genesee generating units west of Edmonton and the southern terminal at or in the vicinity of the existing Langdon 102S substation east of Calgary.

More information about the WATL project can be found on the AUC website. Read more »

Posted February 17, 2011 by AEN

Pembina Reacts: Genesee III coal power plant must deliver on promise to offset greenhouse gas emissions

28 Jan 2011

EDMONTON, AB — Simon Dyer, policy director of the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Utilities Commission decision to deny Capital Power's application to remove greenhouse gas reduction commitments associated with the Genesee III coal power plant.

The Pembina Institute, as a member of the Clean Energy Coalition, had opposed the application. Read more »

Posted January 28, 2011 by AEN

AUC announces details of community hearing sessions for Heartland Transmission Project application

11 Jan 2011

Edmonton... The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has set dates and times for community hearing sessions as part of its enhanced public hearing process for the Heartland Transmission Project application. The Commission requires anyone choosing this option to register for one of the sessions by February 28, 2011. Read more »

Posted January 13, 2011 by AEN

Electricity from the Sun - from Dreamer's Paradise to Everyday Use

Jan 13 2011 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Presented by:
Gordon Howell, PEng.

Free public presentation and discussion. No registration.

The world of solar energy is changing quickly. The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity continues its march downwards along with staggering world-wide growth. Solar electricity is now becoming affordable for us in our everyday lives. At the same time, we see that the price of electricity is poised to rise even more to pay for new transmission lines and cleaning up our dirty-coal electricity. Read more »


Margaret Parsons Theatre
Red Deer College
Red Deer, AB

Posted December 27, 2010 by Anonymous

New Pembina analysis shows Canada falling behind the U.S. on regulating climate pollution

2 Dec 2010

OTTAWA — Detailed analysis released today by the Pembina Institute examines the structure and significance of the Obama Administration's plans to start regulating industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions next month. Despite the Government of Canada's stated intent to harmonize its climate change policies with the U.S., there are currently no proposed Canadian federal regulations to limit GHGs from key industry sectors like the oilsands. Read more »

Posted December 2, 2010 by AEN

Capital Power seeks to renege on commitment to cut coal plant greenhouse gas pollution in half at Thursday hearing

A major player in the dirtiest electrical energy system in Canada attempts to back out of its legal obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta

27 Oct 2010

EDMONTON, AB – Environmental groups and landowners, alongside major utility companies, are opposing an application by Capital Power to renege on a legal obligation to offset more than half its greenhouse gas emissions from the new Genesee 3 power plant.

If the Alberta Utilities Commission agrees to allow Capital Power to no longer honour this commitment the company will cease to offset 1.34 MT of greenhouse gas emissions annually, the equivalent of putting 224,000 cars on the road. Read more »

Posted October 28, 2010 by AEN

Capital Power and broken promises

The Pembina Institute's Chris Severson-Baker posts on Capital Power's application to renege on a commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions at their Genesee 3 coal-fired power plant. The commitment was part of the original approval to build the power plant.

…allowing companies to renege on environmental commitments made at public hearings once projects are operating would be set a dangerous precedent and completely undermine the credibility of the Alberta approvals process.

Read more »

Posted July 23, 2010 by AEN

Capital Power breaks a key promise to Albertans

Capital Power trying to ‘wish away’ its progressive 2001 public hearing commitment in favor of simple compliance

6 Jul 2010

EDMONTON, AB — Environmental groups and landowners have joined forces to block Capital Power's bid to remove a legal requirement that it offset 50 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions that are released from the Genesee 3 coal power plant. Read more »

Posted July 6, 2010 by AEN

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