The province is getting ready to launch a new process for alternative energy producers to get their business started.
Canadian Wind Energy Association president Robert Hornung spoke on the Alberta Morning News and said the government will get to pick and choose which projects get to go ahead.
“What the Alberta government has said is that at least in the initial procurement, the key criterion, in fact the only criterion that will be used, is to choose those projects that are coming in at the lowest cost and as I said I think that will be quite a competitive process and Albertans I think can really expect to get a good understanding of how cost competitive wind energy is today,” said Hornung.
Hornung believes there were quite a few project proposals already in the works.
“We will see people coming in to bid in this process from across Canada and, frankly, from across the world. No, I don’t think there’s a huge or significant advantage for those companies who have experience in the area, but ultimately, anybody who is going to be successful is going to have to create strong linkages with communities where they’re hoping to build.”
“At the end of the day, if you don’t have good support for a project on the community basis it’s hard to image in being a successful project. So, I think, what you will see is all companies working to establish stronger roots in Alberta and stronger roots with the communities where they are hoping to develop projects.”
The three-stage selection process starts in early 2017 and should have winners chosen later that year. Hornung said the government’s target is ambitious, but entirely achievable. (djs)