Power lines and power generation

Transmission and distribution of electricity significantly affect Alberta’s land base, through land disturbance and land utilization.

Power generation

Since 2018, natural gas has accounted for the bulk of electricity generation in Alberta. Renewable generation such as wind and solar are also accounting for a growing share of the electricity produced in the province.

The share of coal-fired electricity continues to decline in Alberta’s power generation mix, and this share is expected to continue to decline through the coming years.

Renewable energy projects

Private land

Sometimes, industry or landowners want to undertake renewable energy developments on private land. They must follow all regulations and use best practices. This helps reduce land disturbances and invasive species and manage at-risk landscapes.

Alberta Environment and Protected Areas provides helpful information about current regulations. These focus mainly on wind and solar and the importance of conserving native grasslands during development.

Find the fact sheet at: Renewable energy development on private land regulatory framework.


Co-generation results in increased efficiency. In this process, industrial operations that require steam can simultaneously generate electricity. This usually comes from natural gas.

Some operations can use co-generation to meet all their electrical needs.