Economic Development Opportunities in Renewable Energy
In 2007, the boards of three economic development agencies in southern Alberta signed a memorandum of understanding agreeing to work together for mutual purpose to promote the alternative energy assets of the region, inform and educate stakeholders about the opportunities in the development of new means of energy generation, and attract new investment in this industry. AlbertaSW, Economic Development Lethbridge, and SouthGrow formed the Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership (SAAEP), and the results of this effort have been one of the largest economic development successes that southern Alberta has seen. Southern Alberta is well-served by high solar potential and some of the best conditions for wind generation in North America. On the strength of these natural resources, SAAEP’s promotions took off to the point that everyone has adopted the core messaging that they began. Today, Southern Alberta is recognized globally as a top destination for new alternative energy projects, and investment is pouring into the region. In this session, SAAEP partners will speak to regional economic impacts, talk about what it’s like to work with municipalities to get these projects rolling; a municipal perspective on the opportunities, both for utility scale and community scale projects; as well as the various workforce needs and opportunities this project brings.
Moderator: Bev Thornton, AlbertaSW, Past EDA President
Panelists: Peter Casurella, Executive Director, SouthGrow; Trevor Lewington, Mayor of Stirling; Calum MacLennan, Snr. Project Manager,Greencat Renewables
Partner: Alberta REDA’s