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Panel Discussion on the Alberta Renewable Energy Projects Moratorium

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.


Iron & Earth's Training Programs are funded in part by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program.

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Iron & Earth is committed to partnering with Indigenous workers to empower their communities to become self-sufficient in training programs, clean energy transition projects, and employment opportunities to combat environmental racism. It falls to all of us to continue the work of healing and reconciliation in our communities and our organizations. Our relationship with the land and the people who live here shapes who we are. It is in the spirit of reconciliation and honouring the past that we recognize treaties and agreements wherever they are and wherever we work.

We also acknowledge all peoples who live, work, and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
As individuals and teams we may make mistakes along the way, but we are dedicated to growth, openness, compassion, and forgiveness. These principles in our work are essential to building successful and healthy relationships with individuals, communities, organizations, and governments.

We look forward to building a path to lead us to a better relationship with Indigenous nations and the environment around us based on peace, friendship, and respect.