MONTRÉAL, Dec. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) is pleased with the launch of the request for proposals,
announced today by Hydro-Québec, for the production by 2017 of a 450 MW
block of wind energy. This call for power will give Quebec the tools it
needs to put competition to work for the benefit of its residents.
Everyone in Quebec will see a diversified energy mix, competitive
pricing will be maintained, and very significant benefits will be
generated for both the host communities and the rest of the province.
"We are happy to see the Quebec government acting on its word. It
continues to support and encourage the development of the wind energy
sector, and in doing so, it is maintaining thousands of good jobs. By
committing to the production of clean and renewable energy—at a
competitive price compared to all new electricity to come online in
2013—it is giving Quebec an important avenue for economic development,"
said Jean-François Nolet, CanWEA's vice-president of policy and
government affairs. The 3,300 MW of wind energy to be commissioned by
2015 will count for less than 5 per cent of Hydro-Québec Distribution's
As Quebec prepares its new energy policy, it has the opportunity to
solidify its position as a North American wind energy producer and
attract new investments to the province. "By implementing a steady,
stable framework for the wind energy sector, Quebec can claim its place
as a North American leader in wind energy and encourage the growth and
development of the sector in Quebec, which is already headed toward the
export market," Nolet added.
The Quebec wind energy sector employs more than 5,000 people, including
hundreds in high-tech jobs in large centres such as Montréal. "Quebec's
wind energy industry continues to offer its full co-operation to the
government to ensure the sector's role as a driver of growth for Quebec
and its regions, a co-operation that is needed to closely monitor all
steps of project implementation and to avoid additional delays," said
CanWEA extends congratulations to the companies and communities
responding to this call for power. Their participation is proof of the
promising future of Quebec's wind energy sector.
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SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association
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