New RFP for 100 MW of wind energy furthers New Brunswick’s goal of reaching 400 MW of wind power by 2010
(Ottawa, June 18, 2009) – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) welcomes yesterday’s announcement by Energy Ministry Jack Keir to proceed with the procurement of 100 MW of new wind energy capacity in New Brunswick.
The announcement is in keeping with the province's commitment to develop new renewable energy sources and secure 400 MW of wind-energy generation capacity by 2010. CanWEA is looking forward for further wind development in the Atlantic Provinces and the region becoming a wind energy export powerhouse to the American Northeast.
This 100 MW of wind energy will also result in hundred of millions in investments, job creation, as well as producing enough electricity to support 15,000 homes.
Wind energy represents a major industrial development and economic stimulus opportunity for Canada. Between now and 2020 it is estimated that $1 trillion will be invested in new wind energy facilities worldwide and that more than 1.75 million jobs will be created in this rapidly growing industry. This recent RFP well positions New Brunswick to capture a growing share of these economic, environmental and social benefits.
CanWEA’s Wind Vision 2025 – Powering Canada’s Future, argues that Canada has the potential to make wind energy the country’s next great economic opportunity, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing other environmental concerns. Achieving the goal of providing 20 per cent of the country’s electricity needs with wind energy by the year 2025 will result in $79 billion in new investment, the creation of up to 52,000 new “green collar” jobs, and more than $165 million in new revenues for municipalities, many in rural areas hit hard by traditional resource declines.
The Canadian Wind Energy association (CanWEA) is a non-profit industry association representing more than 420 members in the wind energy industry. CanWEA promotes the responsible development and application of all aspects of wind energy in Canada, including the creation of a suitable policy environment.
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