Energy can be polarizing. But for Innisfail, the Roadshow brought people together to discuss the challenges they are facing and their hopes for the future. In coming together, people were able to create solutions for the community’s future.
Since January 2019, the EFL has welcomed 25 new Fellows and 19 Convening Partners to advance EFL initiatives and launch EFL 2.0, in which we deepen our work in Alberta and explore how to extend the Lab’s lessons and learning at a national level.
The increasing drive towards a low-carbon future is demanding that we look differently at the way we live, eat, commute, and transport goods.
Over the last month something notable happened here in Alberta that not everyone may have heard about. On December 11th, the Canyon Creek Hydro Development Act received Royal Assent, enabling the Alberta Utilities Commission to issue its final approval for the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project near Hinton.
It’s time for a demonstration. It will take place in the village of Valemount, BC. The project, the first of its kind in Canada, is called Sustainaville and will demonstrate that geothermal energy (heat from the earth) can be used to “grow a whole community”.
Shell Canada’s Chris Fry has been a Fellow in the Energy Futures Lab since its inception.
“I wanted to get involved because I felt it was important to include Indigenous voices in the Lab when talking about Alberta’s energy future,” says Chris. “I’ve gained a network and an understanding of just how complex the issues are in energy transition”.
Oil and gas versus renewables? That’s a false dichotomy, according to the Energy Futures Lab (EFL), an initiative that acknowledges the importance of Alberta’s significant natural advantage in fossil fuels and how it can be used as a stepping stone to a cleaner energy future.
What’s percolating for Alberta’s energy future? It is time for Alberta to learn what the Energy Futures Lab Fellowship has been up to, and attendees of the Innovating Alberta’s Energy Future Showcase on April 19 in Calgary are not going to be disappointed.