Alternative and Renewable Energy
Alternative and renewable 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 Standard (RFS) requires commercial fuel producers to blend renewable products into their fuels, the program along with forms and reports is available on the Environment and Parks website.
What we’re doing now
- About 45 per cent of Alberta’s electricity generation comes from alternative and renewable energy sources, including wind, hydro, biomass and natural gas cogeneration.
- Alternative and renewable 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 leadership Alberta’s plan to take action on climate change and protect the province’s health, environment and economy.