The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) is recommending that a 240 kilovolt loop system to connect up to 2,700 megawatts of wind power throughout southern Alberta be constructed over the next 10 years. This 240 kilovolt loop system will collect wind power produced at wind farms across southern Alberta and feed the electricity to the grid. The AESO is also proposing that the development of this transmission be built in phases. It is estimated that the first phase of the transmission development will cost approximately $750 million and that the final two phases will cost $800 million and $280 million respectively.
- TransCanada Pipelines will join with TransAlta to develop Canada's first fully-integrated carbon capture and storage (CCS) plant. The project, name Project Pioneer, will be one of the largest CCS facilities in the world and will be the first to have an integrated underground storage system. The project will be designed to capture one megatonne of carbon dioxide from an existing coal plant, some of which will be used for enhanced oil recovery. The remaining captured carbon dioxide will be injected into a permanent geological storage site. TransAlta is submitting proposals to the Alberta and federal governments for funding from government CCS initiatives. If funding commitments are made in 2009, Project Pioneer will begin construction in early 2010 with operations planned to start-up in 2012. Front-end engineering and design is already underway.
- HAWKEYE Energy of Vancouver has put forward its proposal for a multi-billion dollar run-of-river hydroelectric project into BC Hydro's 2008 Clean Power Call. The first stage of HAWKEYE's 'Green Energy Grid' includes the construction of 12 run-of-river hydroelectric projects amounting to 180 megawatts of 'green energy' power as well as the construction of 159 kilometre transmission line. The projects are to be located in the Toba Valley, Power River and Jervis Inlet regions of British Columbia. The projects have the ability to generate a sufficient amount of energy to meet the annual needs of some 68,000 homes and offset approximately 540,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.