The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has unveiled its strategic vision for wind energy development in Quebec at the opening of the association's 26th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Montreal. Titled ‘2025 – WindVision 2025 – A Strategy for Quebec,’ the strategy proposes that an average of 800 MW of wind energy capacity be added each year between 2016 and 2025 – for a total of 8,000 MW. This would increase wind energy to 20% of Quebec's overall installed capacity for electricity generation.
This long-term objective would stimulate $25 billion in industry investment, ensure the sustainability and growth of this rapidly developing industry and serve to diversify Quebec's renewable energy portfolio, according to CanWEA.
‘We believe it is critical that the Quebec government explore options for wind energy development beyond 2015 in an effort to provide investors in wind energy projects and manufacturing facilities with the long-term certainty required to maintain their focus on opportunities in Quebec,’ says CanWEA President Robert Hornung. ‘Increased wind energy development can also support Quebec's goals to increase electrification of the economy and increase electricity exports.’
SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association