The Pembina Institute put out an ad with several renewable energy companies signed on to support the acceleration of the phase out of coal fired plants in Alberta. So I decided to take a closer look.
It looks like there’s a tie between the NDP government, the Pembina Institute and Alberta Treasury Branches. Remember that Dave Mowat is the CEO and President of ATB and he’s the head of the Royalty Review Panel. And the Pembina Institute is a left wing think tank that wants the oilsands shut down and lobbied against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington.
Many of the companies signed on with the Pembina Institute to accelerate a coal phase out are small to medium sized green eco renewable companies. Not a surprise since the ATB was given $1.5 billion in cash from the NDP to disburse to small and medium size businesses.
In fact, I found that BluEarth Renewables, employer of Chief of Staff to Catherine McKenna, secured $17 million to build wind turbines near Provost, Alberta.
Skyfire Energy is also signed on with Pembina to phase out coal and they’ve received a small business award from ATB in the past. Dan Balaban from Greengate Power, that is also featured on the Pembina ad and Bruce Edgelow from ATB are both Fellows with the Energy Futures Lab – a group dedicated to addressing future energy challenges. Other supporters of a coal phase out and listed on the ad are KCP Energy and Arusha that are members of the Bow Valley Builders and Developers Association, along with ATB.
Why does this matter? Well, these companies are mostly small to medium in size and they qualify for the funds allotted to the ATB by the NDP government. And with the phase out of coal, they have the opportunity to grow their businesses and create jobs – the Notley government promised a $5000 subsidy for new jobs created.
The NDP used to talk about the apparent cronyism going on between the Progressive Conservatives and oil and gas companies. But it appears that they’re doing the same with renewable energy companies. Weren’t we supposed to diversify our economy, according to the NDP?
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