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Alberta Halts New Wind And Solar Projects As Resistance To Renewables Grows

Alberta, Canada’s oil heartland, this month instituted a moratorium on new wind and solar power projects for a period of seven months.

The moratorium only concerns installations of over 1 MW in capacity and its purpose is to give Alberta’s government time to study the impact of such installations on the grid, on the environment, and “Alberta’s pristine viewscapes”, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Alberta, however, is not the only one pushing back against wind and solar projects. Reports from earlier in the year suggest that there is growing opposition in rural America against windmills and solar farms.

At the time, the WSJ suggested that this opposition could jeopardize the goals of the Inflation Reduction Act which represents the bulk of subsidies allocated for transition-related projects, with a heavy focus on wind and solar power.

Representatives of the wind and solar industries in Alberta are now expressing similar concerns. The CEO of the Canadian Renewable Energy Association said that the moratorium will put at risk some 80 projects worth a combined $15 billion. The WSJ notes in its report that most of the wind and solar installations in Canada are located in Alberta.

The oil province’s share of Canada’s total is 75% as of 2022, Vittoria Belissimo told the WSJ, with the total new additions last year in Alberta reaching 1.39 GW.

This fast buildout may be part of the problem. In its earlier report from May, the WSJ noted that opposition to wind and solar installations is coming from areas that have seen massive buildouts already. The report cited Kansas as an example, with wind power capacity expanding fast over the past 20 years, coming to account for 45% of the state’s electricity output.

What followed was a moratorium on new wind and solar projects in more than a dozen counties in Kansas amid concern for the environment and the effect these installations are having on local ecosystems.


By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

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  • Norm Young on August 21 2023 said:
    Ensuring that Alberta becomes another global leader in the number of welfare offices, perhaps surpassing other regions like West Virginia. Either get with new energy, or become irrelevant.
  • Alex Ashton on August 21 2023 said:
    Just a Province of oil boilers who want to keep ruining our Planet rather than finding a sustainable way forward.

    To David's comment above . . . I've know a lot of farmers in my life, grew up among them and worked on their farms as a young man . . . and none of them were stupid. If they didn't read the fine print on wind farm contracts, that's on them. They banked the royalty / rent checks, I'm sure, they can deal with the scrap turbines if that's what they agreed to.
  • David on August 21 2023 said:
    Coming from a county with a wind moratorium, it's not just ecological concerns, there are also economic concerns as well. I've spoken with a few farmers who after allowing a windturbine to be built on there land read the fine print and found that the utility companies abandon the windmills at end of life leaving all the liability for the farmer. stories like this, even if theyre few can spoil sentiment quickly and give an industry a bad reputation. No one wants to deal with an industry that has a reputation for deceptive business practices.

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