Wind Energy Industry will Continue to Deliver Economic and Community Benefits to Albertans

Canwea

February 8, 2018

The Alberta Electric System Operator will secure an additional 700 megawatts (MW) of renewable power as part of its plan to add 5,000 MW of renewable energy capacity by 2030. The second round will procure 300 MW and will also require that projects be equity partnered with Indigenous communities. This approach provides an additional opportunity for Indigenous communities in Alberta to share in the economic benefits of wind energy development. The third round will procure 400 MW and will be run similarly to round one, which produced the lowest-ever price for wind energy generation in Canada.
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“Today’s announcement is a clear signal that Alberta is ‘open for business’ for renewables. There is significant global competition for new investments in wind energy, and the new procurement opportunities outlined today provide the clarity and consistency needed for investors to continue to prioritize Alberta as a destination for new investment. We look forward to working with the government and stakeholders to ensure the continued success of the program that will deliver significant economic benefits to Albertans.”
– Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association
“The government’s commitment to Indigenous community participation in the economic benefits of the renewable energy program is a commitment the wind industry shares. Across the country we have seen positive economic offshoots from Indigenous community partnerships. We expect strong participation from the wind industry in these next rounds of the procurement and we look forward to seeing the results.”
– Evan Wilson, Regional Director – Prairies, Canadian Wind Energy Association

https://canwea.ca/news-release/2018/02/05/wind-energy-industry-will-continue-deliver-economic-community-benefits-albertans/

 

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