Alberta Government Investigates Renewable Microgrids for the Province
The Alberta government in look to renewables to expand the province's micro-generation capabilities.
A press release from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) detailed the goverments plans to investigate what it would take to introduce distributed power generation into the province. Distributed generation, also know as micro-grids or smartgrids allows municipalities to generate electricity on-site, rather than relying on a power plant that could be kilometers away.
Distributed power generation options include wind (we have you covered there), solar, hydro, geothermal and waste-to-energy. Alberta does not currently have any geothermal sites, although the resources are available. It is unlikely a single technology will be the answer to Alberta's micro-grid needs, but rather a combination of resources synced together into a smartgrid. This announcement comes on the heels of a policy change back in December which increased the limited of distributed grid generation from one megawatt to five.