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Canadian farmers pull off an energy magic trick

Nearly 30 years of better practices are helping producers consume less energy even as demand is at a peak

Can you use more energy and less energy at the same time? Canadian farmers have managed to pull it off. Mind you, that’s a bit of a misnomer. What Canadian farmers have actually done is chop the amount of energy they consume per dollar of output by 17 per cent over 26 years. Non-intuitively, this […] Read more

Energy grant programs still accepting applications

Two programs designed to help Alberta farms, ranches, and agri-processors with energy efficiency and solar projects continue to accept applications. The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing (FEAP) program shares costs with the agriculture and agri-processing sector on energy efficiency investments. The program is designed to encourage energy management which will result in cost savings, energy conservation, and […] Read more


Your best bang for your energy buck might not be a solar array but some cheap and easy fixes that reduce power or fuel usage, says Lyle Lawrence, an energy outreach officer with the province.

Quick steps to better energy efficiency

Energy expert offers some ‘low-hanging fruit’ that can help producers save money on their power or fuel bill

Maximizing energy efficiency on farms and ranches saves money, and who likes to spend money when they don’t have to? But there are only so many hours in the day and only so many dollars for these sorts of projects. So the real question for many farmers is: Where to start? What are the ‘low-hanging […] Read more

Funding for energy assessments is part of the province’s new energy efficiency incentive program, which is seeing “massive traffic.”

Farmers racing to tap into $35-million energy efficiency program

Interest is high, so producers and processors should get applications in as soon as possible, says official

Producers have been flooding the Alberta government with applications for its new suite of energy efficiency incentive programs. The province is offering a total of $35 million to producers and agri-processors pursuing solar, irrigation, heating, lighting, and other energy reduction projects. Included in the suite is the new Farm Energy and Agri-Processing (FEAP) program, a […] Read more


This image from a 2SaveEnergy promotional video shows how a light-defusing plastic film is incorporated into the greenhouse structure. However, things such as anti-reflective coatings can improve light capture in existing greenhouses, says provincial horticulture specialist Dustin Morton.

Greenhouse advances saving operators big dollars

New state-of-the-art designs are halving energy costs, but even ‘simple things’ make a difference

Improved construction materials and design are making greenhouses more efficient and cheaper to operate, says a provincial horticulture specialist. “Greenhouses have traditionally been energy-intensive operations, but with increasing scrutiny and slowly shrinking margins, producers need to find ways of trimming costs wherever possible,” said Dustin Morton. For example, research by Silke Hemming of Wageningen University […] Read more

What does the Sustainable Beef Framework involve?

Even the overview of protocols set out in the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework runs nearly 60 pages. But here are a few of the ‘indicators’ for cattle producers from the five areas that the framework covers: Natural Resources One of the goals is to maintain or enhance water quality. To score 1 (a.k.a. Achievement level), […] Read more


Geo-exchange: down but not out

Although lower natural gas prices have taken some 
of the shine off geo-exchange systems, they can still have 
a place in a renewable energy setup

Geo-exchange heating and cooling systems were big a decade ago, but that was before natural gas prices plunged and the payback of using the ground as a heat source in the winter and a heat sink in the summer became less attractive. But don’t count this technology out quite yet, said energy specialist Thomas Barr, […] Read more