Renewable Energy

Photo © James Van Leeuwen

Since the mid 1980s, Pincher Creek has been home to the development of a substantial wind energy industry.  In 2007, there were 187 wind turbines installed in the area, with another 118 approved for installation.  New applications are pending.  The extension of transmission infrastructure to connect new wind generation capacity is planned.  With this industry has come a heightened awareness of cumulative industrial impact as well as economic spin-off.  One of every six tax dollars collected by the Municipal District of Pincher Creek in 2007 derived from the wind energy industry.