Does the Alberta Government allow Wind Farms on public lands yet? If not, it seems rather hypocritical to promote wind energy
The Government of Alberta has committed to phasing out coal-fired electricity generation by 2030 and replacing two thirds of that energy with renewable energy – primarily wind energy. The commitment to adopt a globally-credible climate change policy represents a tremendous opportunity to begin the transition.
In early 2016, the Government of Alberta tasked the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) with launching a competitive process to procure new renewable energy before the end of 2016. The first stage of that process, which involved information gathering and analysis, was completed in March 2016. The draft recommendations of the AESO are expected shortly. You may want to watch for those recommendations to see if public lands are included.
In May 2016, the Alberta government also introduced a carbon levy, which supports Alberta’s efforts to replace existing fossil fuel electricity generation with the zero-carbon power of wind energy and other renewable electricity generation.
You can make your opinion heard by sending a letter to your provincial representative and asking them to support wind energy and the policies that will help it continue to grow.
(Question originally answered February 2016)