Conservatives against ‘uneconomic wind’ win in Alberta
April 17, 2019
In the UCP’s manifesto, Kenney pledged to end “costly” subsidies for clean energy following completion of a third tender round in December 2018 and “welcome market-driven green power”.
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) stated it “looks forward to working with the new government to ensure market-driven approaches are in place” to aid wind power development.
More than 1.3GW of new wind capacity secured power contracts under the former government’s Renewable Electricity Program.
In Alberta’s first auction in December 2017, bids for wind farms were as low as C$30.90/MWh (US$24.21/MWh) — a record in Canada — prompting the government to award nearly one-and-a-half times the capacity it initially sought.
“Alberta has all the makings of a true energy powerhouse, and not just where oil and gas are concerned,” said Evan Wilson, regional director for the prairies at CanWEA.