Renewable Energy Resources

In contrast with non-renewable resources, renewable resources are those that are replenished at a rate equal to, or faster, than the rate at which they are consumed.[1] In particular, renewable resources are often defined as an energy resource that occurs naturally and that can be replenished or renewed within a human lifespan.[2]

Currently, there is somewhat of a push to increase the use of renewable resources in Alberta, especially as climate change becomes more of a ‘hot’ topic – pun intended.

Renewable energy is picking up some steam in the province and in order to help you understand some of the available opportunities and get a sense of where politics, and the law, need to go, this next section will go over some of the ways that we may see renewable energy being generated… hopefully even sooner than you think.


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[1] Merriam-Webster Dictionary, sub verbo “renewable”.

[2] Renewable Electricity Act, SA 2019, c R-16.5, s 1(l). [3] 





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