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Published on July 24th, 2012 | by Adam Johnston

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Quebec Set To Add Another 700 MW of Wind Energy

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July 24th, 2012 by
 
 
Quebec has put out a call to add another 700 megawatts (MW) of wind power in a bid to reach the Canadian province’s target of installing 4,000 MW of wind energy by 2015.

According to a recent Montreal Gazette article, all wind energy developers will be able to bid for the first 450 MW, while the remaining 250 MW will be specifically targeted towards first nations communities.

The wind energy sector in Quebec has provided significant economic windfall to the province. It’s estimated that, between 2005-2015, the sector will create over C$10 billion in investments, while creating 37,000 jobs in working hours. Meanwhile, 83% of Quebec citizens are favorable towards wind energy, according to a Ledger Marketing poll.

“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 the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) in a statement.

“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” he said.

Sources: Canadian Wind Energy Association/ Montreal Gazette

 

 

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is a University of Winnipeg graduate who received a three-year B.A. with a combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam is currently attempting to become a freelance social media coordinator. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. Adam is also working on a book on cleantech and how to relate it to a broader audience. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com.



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