Quebecers show strong support for continued development of province's
wind energy sector
MONTREAL, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) applauds today's Québec government announcement of a fourth
call for tenders for the commissioning of a new 700-MW wind energy
block. In issuing this new call for tenders, Québec Premier Jean
Charest reaffirms his government's commitment to renewable energy by
seeking to attain the 4,000-MW objective set in its 2006-2015 energy
"This is great news for communities where new projects will be
developed. In addition to the significant investment it will bring into
the province, new wind energy projects will create new jobs throughout
Québec," said Chris Forrest, vice-president of Communications at
CanWEA. "We applaud the Quebec government for its vision and leadership
in supporting the development of more wind energy to deliver clean
electricity, new jobs and regional economic investments."
Experience has shown that the economic impact of wind energy is
considerable. Between 2005 and 2015, wind energy is expected to
generate investments in Québec exceeding $10 billion and economic
benefits for municipalities and landowners in the tens of millions, as
well as create some 37,000 jobs (person-years). In 2011, the Gaspésie
region - birthplace of Québec's wind energy industry and home of
several businesses operating in this sector - posted its lowest
unemployment rate since 1987 and positive net migration for the first
time in a decade.
Quebecers show strong support for continued development of their
province's wind energy sector, the highest level of enthusiasm being
among those who live closest to wind farms. A new survey, conducted
earlier this year by Léger Marketing, found that 83 per cent of
Quebecers see wind energy in a positive light.
The wind energy industry is very well established in Québec and
continues to show growth. In 2010, CanWEA unveiled its strategic vision
for development of this form of energy in the province beyond 2015.
"Québec's wind energy potential is immense. Almost 4,000 MW will be
installed by 2015, and we expect to increase this objective by another
8,000 MW between 2016 and 2025 -which will generate $25 billion in
investment and create 90,000 jobs in the construction phase," said
Jean-Frédérick Legendre, Québec regional director for CanWEA. "Revenues
to landowners and municipalities could reach as much as $25 million
annually by 2015," he added.
The document, titled WindVision 2025 -A Strategy for Quebec can be found online at: http://www.canwea.ca/windvision_quebec_e.php.
CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting
the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its
more than 420 members. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves
as Canada's leading source of credible information about wind energy
and its social, economic and environmental benefits. To join other
global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can
and must reach its target of producing 20 per cent or more of the
country's electricity from wind by 2025. The document WindVision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future is available at www.canwea.ca.
SOURCE CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
For further information:
Jean-Frédérick Legendre, CanWEA