By Cole Parkinson
The push for renewable energy in Alberta is still very high across municipalities in the province. While oil and gas may have fallen on hard times in the past several years, this has led to municipalities searching for other opportunities. One of those is in renewable energy and Alberta is developing renewable electricity generation to meet the goal of 30 per cent of Alberta’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
“I’m very excited about it. The technology is in a place now where the government is not subsidizing it and I think that was a big part of the prosperity we are seeing now,” said Joseph Schow, MLA for Cardston-Siksika. “The government is not picking winners or losers of these projects, and down in my neck of the woods in Cardston, you just need to look off to the horizon and see all kinds of windmills. Further north, there’s all sorts of solar projects and some windmills as well.”
The government has programs for Clean Energy Improvement, geothermal resource development, renewable electricity, and micro-generation. And with post-COVID recovery still being focused on, Schow sees this as a real way for the province to continue to build back up.
“They are popping up all over the place and I think it’s a great opportunity for investment in the province. We know that Alberta is unique in renewable resources like the sun and the wind — anybody who lives down here knows there’s always going to be wind and there are long days during the summer,” he said.
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