Posted on Jul 13, 2021

NDP Calls for Support to Bring Down Energy Costs for Farmers

Alberta’s NDP is proposing support for farmers and ranchers to build or retrofit net-zero barns, which consume less power and are cheaper to operate. This call is a part of the NDP’s commitment to affordable electricity and to a net-zero electricity grid by 2035 and a net-zero provincial economy by 2050.

The Opposition is proposing a $15 million fund for capital grants to offset initial costs of a retrofit or a new building, as well as loan guarantees for farmers and ranchers. This will result in immediate utility bill reductions, a contribution to net-zero goals, and a strong medium-term return on investment. Some of the proven approaches to achieve this are: 

  • Heat-recovery technology and in-floor heating
  • Solar Photovoltaic Systems
  • LED lighting, energy efficient ventilation fans, and building insulation

Farmers and ranchers need a significant amount of energy to operate, and there is technology available today that can bring those costs down,” said NDP Leader Rachel Notley. “The provincial government can help reduce the upfront costs of making barns and other buildings more energy efficient and net-zero in carbon emissions. - Rachel Notley

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Jerremie Clyde

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This is great, but not every farm has a big barn. It would be awesome if we could have some energy generation policy changes. Placing PV panels (ideally with bi-facial panels) on pasture where they can shade pasture and live stock (which is great in the face of heatwaves and climate change) and maybe more importantly generate income for the farm. A fairly stable source of income, sort of farming the sun the for energy directly instead of just for pasture and field crop growth would be really helpful. The rest of the farm income is of course varied, unpredictable, and seasonal. One thing even small producers (say a quarter section to a section) has land and if the panels are posts they can be combined well with the pasture, allowing the farmer to stack income sources on the same land. It would make huge differences for my farm anyway. Thank you, Jerremie Little Loaves Farm Bearberry (Sundre), Alberta