About the project
“By 2030, renewable sources like wind and solar will account for up to 30 per cent of electricity generation,” says Alberta’s Climate Leadership plan.
The Government of Alberta’s Strategic Plan lists “demonstrated leadership on climate change” as one of the five key priorities between 2016 and 2019. To do this, the Government is committing to expanding the use of alternative energy sources including wind and solar to improve both the environment and the health of all Albertans.
In 2016, the Government of Alberta will begin working to implement the climate plan and develop the details of its renewable electricity policy and relevant regulations. This will have direct impacts for municipalities, particularly rural jurisdictions that have the land base to support large scale wind and solar development. In discussions with several municipal staff, it has become apparent they are uncertain how renewable electricity regulations or development will affect them. What is their role in the regulatory and approvals process? How do they balance competing interests between agriculture, ecology and renewable development? What do they need to know to make informed decisions?
This project proposes to work with municipalities to understand their environmental, social, economic concerns and opportunities, and what support tools they may need to process applications for large scale (over 1MW) solar and wind development in their municipality. We will collaborate with various organizations (such as the Pembina Institute) and individuals to ensure we are providing the most up-to-date technological and regulatory information regarding wind and solar development. Miistakis will engage municipalities to identify decision support tools to help them address large scale wind and solar development applications in their jurisdiction.
Phase 1 Tasks – Background research (regulatory context, jurisdictional review of best practices, potential economic, environmental, social issues/opportunities), Stakeholder engagement (identify required decision support tools).
Phase 2 Tasks – Develop decision support tools, test tools, finalize.
This project will be undertaken by
The Miistakis Institute
The funds required to complete Phase 1 of this project are estimated to be
From initiation, this project would be complete within
If your municipality is interested in funding this project please complete the following form. Please note that submitting this form is not a commitment, it is an expression of interest. After sending, you will be contacted by a Community Convserve person to get more details about your possible commitment, and to answer your questions.
Current supporters of this project
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