Making it easier for communities to participate in clean energy Pembina reacts to Alberta Government’s community generation program

Nov. 22, 2018

Calgary — Binnu Jeyakumar, Director, Clean Electricity at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the Alberta Government’s announcement:

“Many Alberta communities, organizations and citizens are keen to develop their own renewable energy projects, and the Pembina Institute welcomes the Alberta Government’s helping to make that possible. The $200 million Community Generation Program with long-term contracts will provide certainty that can help communities secure funding.

“Community energy projects can play an important role in local economic development by bringing investment and jobs to communities.

“Having smaller, widely distributed renewable energy projects can also help the electricity grid and consumers. They increase resiliency by providing generation close to where it is consumed and having multiple sources of generation rather than a single central one. And because the operating costs of renewable energy projects are negligible, they can also lower the cost of electricity.

“With these encouraging actions, we expect Alberta communities, organizations and citizens  to now take action and deliver community energy in a big way in Alberta, like it has in so many other jurisdictions across the world.”




Suzy Thompson

Communications Lead, Pembina Institute



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