Renewable and Alternative Energy

Reducing emissions and increasing the use of renewable and alternative energy sources are components of the Climate Leadership Planexternal link icon . To help achieve these goals, the government launchedexternal link icon the Renewable Electricity Programexternal link icon . This programexternal link icon will add 5,000 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity by 2030 and puts Alberta on a path to achieve a target of 30 per cent renewable energy by that time.

Renewable and alternative energy is part of Alberta’s commitment to clean energy production.

The need to develop these resources will continue as demand for energy rises in Alberta. Since 1996, peak demand has increased by over 4,000 megawatts (MW), and the population has increased by 1.3 million. Both are expected to rise even more in the years to come.

Alberta’s Renewable Fuels Standardexternal link icon (RFS) requires commercial fuel producers to blend renewable products into their fuels, the program along with forms and reportsexternal link icon is available on the Environment and Parks website.

What we’re doing now

  • About 45 per cent of Alberta’s electricity generation comes from renewable and alternative energy sources, including wind, hydro, biomass and natural gas cogeneration.
  • Renewable and alternative energy programs provide development opportunities for forestry and agriculture sectors.
  • Alberta has 20 million tonnes of annual waste in potential feedstock. Emerging technologies have the potential to convert this waste to bioenergy products, including renewable fuels.
  • Alberta is also home to the world’s first waste-to-biofuels facility. The facility is owned and operated by Enerkem and converts solid municipal waste into biofuels and biochemicals.
  • Climate leadershipexternal link icon Alberta’s plan to take action on climate change and protect the province’s health, environment and economy.