Alberta has led the nation in developing wind power. More power to ya (pun intended). The Alberta native reserves are actually leading the way here. Much of the wind power in Alberta is being generated on First Nations land. Beats the hell out of casinos, fireworks and bootleg smokes.
I wish British Columbia was so progressive. While something like 90% of BC's electrical power is generated by hydro electric sources, most of the new power coming on line is natural gas powered. The Campbel government just doesn't get it.
Example: There is a Vancouver based company called Sea Breeze Power. They have proposed a 1000+ MW wind farm development for the Port Hardy area on northern Vancouver Island. It is one of the few really good wind sites in the province. The proposal has all the financing in place and has passed the environmental review. All that they need is an Independent Power Producer aggreement with BC Hydro. But - BC Hydro instead wants to develop a natural gas generation plant at Duke Point near Nanaimo. The project has been rejected twice because BC Hydro stacked the bidding in favour of this proposal.
At the same time, a coal mine near Gold River on Vancouver Island that is having trouble finding markets for its coal wants to build a coal fired thermal plant. The voters in the Comox-Strathcona Regional District turned it down - but that didn't stop them. Instead, the municipality of Campbell River - with a very pro-business (any business) chamber of commerce applied to have the mine annexed to the the municipality. So now, the municipality of Campbell River contains the town and a small Island of land 30 kms away that contains the mine. The residents who live around the mine and whom overwhelmingly expressed their opposition to a coal fired thermal electric plant - have no say. The municipality of Campbell River is likely to approve the power plant - and BC Hydro will readily contact for the power.