26 Nov '15, 6pm

Western Canada sets ambitious growth plans

Western Canada sets ambitious growth plans

Plans by Alberta and Saskatchewan to dramatically increase wind energy on their grids, driven by the need to cut electricity sector emissions, opens thousands of megawatt of new opportunity for a Canadian industry that has been rationalising plans in the face of a fast-approaching market cliff. As manufacturers look outside Canada as growth prospects wane in the original wind powerhouses of Quebec and Ontario, new pockets of opportunity may develop further west. Alberta’s long-anticipated climate change plan pledges to phase out the province’s 6.3GW coal fleet by 2030, replacing two-thirds of the electricity with renewable energy and one-third with gas. The percentage of demand met by renewable sources will triple from 9% today to 30% within 15 years. The Canadian Wind Energy Association expects it will translate into a minimum of 5GW of new wind energy capacity in the pro...

Full article: http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1374749/western-c...

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