On August 3rd the Government of Alberta suspended approvals on all new renewable electricity generation projects. We convened a panel discussion on the decision.
The moratorium will remain in place until February 29th of next year.
As part of the announcement the government said the Alberta Utilities Commission would start an inquiry examining future rules for new projects. The inquiry would focus on the impacts on agricultural land and viewscapes, requirements for post-project cleanup, and how the growth of renewable energy would affect the province’s over power grid.
There was no notice of the moratorium and at the time Iron & Earth called for the government to engage with the renewable energy sector.
On September 7th Iron & Earth hosted a panel discussion on the moratorium. The panel was made up of Stephen Buhler, a Community Engagement Officer with Iron & Earth, Luisa Da Silva, Executive Director of Iron & Earth, and Jason Markusoff, a journalist with CBC. The webinar was moderated by freelance broadcaster and host of our Renewable Conversation podcast, Don Hill.
Here is the audio recording from that event.
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