Alberta is well positioned to take strategic advantage of its significant wind resource, access to skilled trades, and interest by independent power producers. Wind energy can provide substantial amounts of new clean electricity to Albertans while at the same time contributing to rural economic development and addressing concerns about increases in greenhouse gas emissions from the province’s broader energy sector. Without immediate action by policymakers, however, the pace of future development is in question.
CanWEA has identified two complementary policies that, if implemented together, have the potential to allow the industry to overcome these barriers.
When it comes to benefits, the impact of developing the province’s wind energy resource is substantial. From an environmental perspective, every 150 MW wind farm built in Alberta:
Wind energy development pays significant economic dividends as well. Every 150 MW of new capacity represents:
Find out how this infinite source of clean energy can power Alberta’s future, create new jobs, and reduce our impact on the environment.
The WindVision for Alberta – Technical Overview is the supporting document providing technical details and analysis for four discrete aspects of the pending Alberta WindVision document. These four aspects include:
1. A map and textual overview of Alberta’s wind resource.
2. A summary and critique of Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO) 2012 LTO Stakeholder Presentation for future electricity supply and demand in the province and comments on the LTO update (LTOU) provided in September 2013.
3. Analysis on the levelized cost of different potential options for new electricity generation in Alberta and wind power’s relative cost competitiveness.
4. Development of three scenarios for wind energy development in the province.