Renewables & Alternatives

Alberta government announces new restrictions on renewable energy development (Updated)

Last Updated: March 20, 2024

Latest Updates | March 5, 2024 Updates

On February 28, 2024, following a 7-month "pause" on the approval of new renewable energy projects in the province, the Government of Alberta (GoA) announced their plans for future renewables development, and issued a letter to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) advising them of the policy, legislative and regulatory changes that they intend to advance regarding the development of renewable energy projects. What follows is a compilation of news coverage, opinion and analysis, and responses to the government's announcement from AEN members, and other environmental advocacy organizations.

Latest Updates

On March 15, 2024, the Government of Alberta sent a draft map to industry members, providing additional clarity on the areas where renewable energy development will be restricted. The map was less restrictive than some had feared, but questions remain.

Earlier, the Alberta Utilities Commission released the first of two reports resulting from its inquiry into the renewable energy industry in Alberta. The report concluded that compared to other forms of industrial development, renewables power projects pose little threat of agricultural land loss, and have "well-understood and relatively contained reclamation risks."

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Grassroots Campaign Coordinator(s)
Location: 
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Have your say on the future of renewable energy development in Alberta

Initiative: 
Inquiry into the ongoing economic, orderly and efficient development of electricity generation in Alberta
Deadline: 
22 Nov 2023

On August 3, 2023, the Government of Alberta directed the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to halt approvals of new renewable energy projects, and to hold an inquiry in order to make recommendations on new regulations for renewables development. The AUC launched their inquiry on September 11, 2023.

Submit your comments to AUC online

Make your voice heard by submitting your feedback to the AUC through their online comment matrix or by providing a written submission through the AUC's eFiling System (Proceeding 28501). Deadline for comments is November 22, 2023. Read More

Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program: Webinar - Decarbonization & Renewable Energy

Jun 16 2021 - 10:00am
Jun 16 2021 - 11:00am

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation is excited to launch our 2021 Climate Innovation Fund Grant Program!

We invite you to attend our information session webinar series to learn more about the program. Read More

Capitol Hill - Banff Trail Community Climate Conversation

Jun 2 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

From Calgary Climate Hub:

Tune in to our Community Zoomcast from your own cozy space and engage in *real* conversations with our host of climate experts on topics like renewable energy, permaculture and building climate resilience (and pandemic resilience!) into GREAT Calgary communities like this one.

We’d love a great turnout from people within Capitol Hill and Banff Trail, but all guests are welcome. This Conversation goes from 7-9pm on June 2. RSVP for the link to join! Read More

Cliff Bungalow - Mission Community Climate Conversation

Apr 29 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

From Calgary Climate Hub:

Tune in to our Community Zoomcast from your own cozy space and engage in *real* conversations with our host of climate experts on topics like renewable energy, permaculture and building climate resilience (and pandemic resilience!) into GREAT Calgary communities like this one. Read More

Thorncliffe Greenview Climate Conversation

Mar 11 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

From Calgary Climate Hub:

Tune in to our Community Zoomcast from your own cozy space and engage in *real* conversations with our host of climate experts on topics like renewable energy, permaculture and building climate resilience (and pandemic resilience!) into GREAT Calgary communities like this one. Read More

Haysboro Climate Conversation

Jan 26 2021 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

From Calgary Climate Hub:

January 26 is the next COVID-safe digital version of our popular Community Climate Conversation. This time we are going to Haysboro!

Tune in to our Community Zoomcast from your own cozy space and engage in *real* conversations with our host of climate experts on topics like renewable energy, permaculture and building climate resilience (and pandemic resilience!) into GREAT Calgary communities like this one. Read More

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