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Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership Initiative

Strategic Overview

Based on our available natural resources, existing expertise and established developments, the initiative will focus on 3 streams of alternative energy:

  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Bio-Energy – (including ethanol, bio-diesel and bio-mass).

Project Scope – Phase One

The true potential for alternative energy development will be determined through the gathering and analysis of information regarding current technologies, regulations and business models that are currently being used or developed. That information collection and analysis will require a number of individual studies/projects in order to understand the full scope of recommendations for implementation in phase two.

To support the communication and awareness of the initiative, the sponsoring organizations are also developing an Advisory Committee. The committee, scheduled to commence late September, will consist of up to 15 members from the region who will focus their proceedings on five key areas that make up the first phase of the project:

  • Review information on alternative energy opportunities and strategies specific to bio-energy, wind and solar energy
  • Identify barriers to development and recommend political lobbying strategies to support the growth of this sector in the region
  • Identify specific growth opportunities and make recommendations on developing industry interest
  • Recommend public consultation strategies to enhance broad-based awareness and understanding of the benefits and opportunities for developing alternative energy systems
  • Encourage local applications of alternative energy opportunities both at the municipal and individual stakeholder level.

The key outcomes expected of this phase are:

  • To gather information and research on the targeted alternative energy systems
  • To channel this information through the various potential stakeholders; developers, residents, businesses, government etc., creating a better understanding and acceptance of alternative energy systems for the region.
  • Provide a long-term, comprehensive strategic plan that will build these systems in a sustainable manner.
  • Secure the addition and expansion of related businesses and industry, in order to provide sustainable economic development.
  • Identify and support the development of systems that will provide energy directly to the individuals and organizations in the region, vs the traditional utility companies.
  • Commence activities that will meet the stated objective of becoming the “Leader in Alternative Energy Production and Manufacturing in the World”.

Phase two will concentrate on the implementation of the recommendations brought forth by the committee as a result of phase one activities.

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Strategic Overview
Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partner Representatives (PDF, 1 page)
Wind Power Investment Brochure 
Harness the Wind of Southern Alberta… where the abundant natural resources combined with the joint forces of 39 municipalities create a prime landscape for wind power investment.
Bio Energy 
Southern Alberta is considered the nexus for most of the cattle production that occurs in Alberta, which is very lucrative for any biogas company looking to become established.
Geothermal Energy 
Several opportunities exist for developing the geothermal industry in Southern Alberta. This includes the installation of heating systems for residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
Solar Energy 
Southern Alberta has the perfect climate for using solar technology largely due to a mean winter temperature of approximately -10°C
Wind Energy 
Currently 100% of the wind farms in Alberta are situated in its southern portion as this wind has the highest potential for power generation.
Bio-Fuels Opportunities Report 
Opportunity Identification for the Bio-fuel Industry In Southwest and South-central Alberta
The Green Growth Plan Report
Find out what Southern Alberta Communities are saying about Alternative Energy.
Biodiesel Feasibility Study
BFuel Canada, in partnership with the SAAEP and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has completed an important step in establishing an Integrated Biodiesel Refinery in Southern Alberta.
2007 Waste to Energy Treatment Alternatives Study
In this report you’ll find information obtained from waste generators, waste management operators and transporters and technology vendors.
Government Initiatives for Producers
Media Releases
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