Enmax buys Alberta wind farm

Fresh on the heels of announcing the location of a new $1-billion-plus power plant in Calgary, city-owned Enmax Corp. announced Wednesday it has purchased a southern Alberta wind farm for $163 million in debt and equity.

The acquisition from Creststreet Kettles Hill Windpower LP of Toronto will add 63 megawatts (MW) of power to Enmax’s wind energy portfolio, which includes a 50 per cent stake in the 75-MW McBride Lake Wind Farm near Fort Macleod, along with all of Enmax’s 81-MW Taber Wind Farm, opened in October at a cost of $140 million.

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Climate Change: The Resiliency of Wildlands is Key, Ecologist Says

Ecologist Tom DeLuca, during his lecture Tuesday night at the University of Montana, made the case for an adaptive approach to wildlands management in order to help the West’s ecosystems adjust to a changing climate.

“We have expressed a flawed response to environmental damage,” he said.

DeLuca, a Senior Forest Ecologist with the Wilderness Society and former UM professor speaking as part of the Wilderness Issues Lecture Series, acknowledged that there may be no way to avoid climate change, but the region’s forests and wildlands have evolved under changing climates and possess a measure of resilience to variations.

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