REES Brown Bag Speakers – May 27, 2021 Contending with Energy Transition in Alberta

Date(s) - 27/05/2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Contending with Energy Transition in Alberta

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Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Short Presentations: 

Andrea Miller, MSc Student – Building Futures: Indigenous-Owned Renewable Energy in Alberta and a Just Transition.

Sonak Patel, MSc Student – (Em)powering our Communities: How Municipal Governments Can Play a Role in Alberta’s Energy Transition

Monique Holowach, MSc Student – Climate Denial & Wind Energy Development in Rural Alberta


Renewable energy development is gaining momentum in Alberta, with substantial growth in solar and wind energy resources.  Recent advancements include large scale wind and solar projects, but we also observe small-scale initiatives that include Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.  In this seminar, we introduce three interlinked studies on the topic of energy transition that are led by graduate students in REES.  These studies explore the ways in which renewable energy can link in substantial ways to community development objectives and overcome some of the limits of conventional utility-scale electricity production.  These studies also seek to understand sources of resistance to renewable energy development, particularly within regions of Alberta where many of these new projects will be located.

Professor John Parkins will host the session, with 10-minute presentations from three presenters, followed by o9pportunities for group discussion.