CanWEA congratulates UCP on majority win in Alberta
April 17, 2019
Wind energy industry gathers today for major forum in Banff
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) congratulates Premier-Designate Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party team on their majority win in yesterday’s Alberta election. CanWEA looks forward to working with the new government to ensure market-driven approaches are in place that will capture the full value of the province’s exceptional renewable wind resources.
Alberta is already Canada’s third-largest wind energy market, and its significant untapped development potential will be a key topic of discussion at a major wind energy industry forum CanWEA is hosting today and tomorrow in Banff. Economic analysis has quantified the billions of dollars in investment – and significant employment and other economic benefits – that low-cost, emission-free wind energy development could generate.
Recent wind energy procurements in Alberta have established record-low prices, and the province’s electricity system operator has confirmed that significantly more wind energy can be reliably integrated into the grid. CanWEA will be reaching out to the new government with recommendations on how Alberta can further leverage what is now the lowest-cost source of new electricity generation, while reducing carbon emissions, and diversifying the province’s increasingly multi-faceted energy sector.
“Our members share the entrepreneurial spirit that has always been a hallmark of Alberta’s energy sector. And they are increasingly delivering clean and flexible power to Albertans at remarkably low prices. We look forward to continuing to help drive both economic growth and the diversification of Alberta’s generation mix.”
– Robert Hornung, President, CanWEA
“Alberta has all the makings of a true energy powerhouse, and not just where oil and gas are concerned. Internationally, renewables are attracting huge flows of capital. The wind industry is keen to work with the UCP government to help Alberta turn that investment into low-cost, clean and flexible power that creates jobs and provides significant benefits for rural and Indigenous communities across the province.”
– Evan Wilson, Regional Director – Prairies, CanWEA
- With 1,483 megawatts, Alberta is home to 12 per cent of total installed wind capacity in Canada, and its approximately 900 wind turbines already meet about seven per cent of provincial electricity demand.
- A 2017 economic assessment found that the addition of 4,500 megawatts of new capacity in Alberta would draw $8.3 billion in project- investment, and generate benefits including $25.5 million in annual municipal property tax revenue and $13.5 million in landowner lease payments.
- A competitive electricity procurement in Alberta in December 2017 yielded the lowest-ever price paid for wind energy in Canada, securing 600 MW of capacity at a weighted average price of CDN$37 per megawatt-hour. A subsequent procurement in December 2018 secured an additional 763 MW, with a weighted average price of $39 per megawatt-hour.
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association
CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Learn more at canwea.ca
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Anastasia Smolentseva, Communications Advisor
Canadian Wind Energy Association
Photo: Steaks and windfarm west of Pincher Creek – credit Bryan Passifiume