In 2004 the small Calgary Renewable Energy Meetup group was created under the leadership of Ken Hogg. Since then, the group has grown both in number and scope.
Members have focused their personal and professional dialogue on topics such as energy conservation and efficiency, sustainable transportation, carbon markets, renewable energy policies and projects in Alberta, Canada and international markets.
The need to open up the discussion of renewable energy to a larger audience while providing a larger platform for leaders led to the formation of Alberta Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA) in 2011.
Along with distributing an Open Letter to the premier regarding renewable energy, AREA assisted in bringing the first Renewable Energy Forum to Calgary, September 17, 2011.