Early Sunday, the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party
selected Alison Redford, a Calgary human rights lawyer
and former provincial Justice minister, as the party's new
leader. Redford is now the premier-designate, and will be formally
sworn in as premier (along with her new cabinet yet to be named)
With respect to energy, she has made a number of statements
about how Alberta should be a worldwide energy leader. Early in her
campaign, she set out a three-part vision for Canada as an energy
"My Canadian energy strategy focuses on three main themes:
making Alberta (i) the global leader in sustainable hydrocarbon
production and (ii) a leader in partnerships for renewable energy
technologies and achieving this by (iii) investing in our most
precious resource of all: people. "
During the leadership campaign, she spoke out on a number of
energy issues, stating:
that Alberta should be a leader in both technical innovation
and brain capital,
that Alberta should focus on creating state of the art
solutions for sustainable hydrocarbon production,
that Albertans should prepare for a future after hydrocarbons,
including establishing a renewable energy authority to lead
that it is imperative that Alberta focus on developing export
markets beyond the United States, particularly to Asia, including
full support for pipeline infrastructure to the Pacific coast,
that Alberta continue to streamline regulatory processes, in
particular to avoid undue federal interference and avoid ensure
effective joint responsibility where responsibilities overlap
Redford had previously expressed concerns about Bill 50, which had permitted the government to
fast-track certain transmission line projects within the province.
In an interview with a Calgary radio station on
Monday morning, she stated that certain transmission projects
"will be sent back to the drawing board".
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The Government of Alberta recently announced a number of policy changes that will impact the Alberta Electricity Market, composed of its generators, transmitters, distributors, retailers, electricity consumers and wholesale electricity market.
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