Budget 2017 invests in Canada’s transition to a clean economy



March 22, 2017

Wind-powered electricity central to Canada’s energy transition  

Ottawa, Ontario, March 22, 2017 – Jean-François Nolet, vice-president of policy and communications at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) released this statement following the release of the 2017 Federal Budget.

“The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) applauds the Federal Government’s commitment to continue its transition to a low carbon economy and its recognition that doing so will provide significant economic benefits to Canada. We are pleased to see that the Federal Government will continue to collaborate with the provinces in developing and identifying green infrastructure projects that will allow the modernization of Canada’s electricity grid and the integration of clean low-cost renewable energy sources like wind energy. The wind energy industry is committed to working with the Federal Government to identify the projects that will best support the deployment, integration and optimized use of renewable power. This includes a role for wind energy in the reduction of diesel use in Indigenous communities. We are also committed to collaborating with the Federal government on the development and implementation of performance standards for natural-gas-fired electricity generation. CanWEA looks forward to working with the Federal Government as it forges ahead with its commitment to achieve the deep cuts in emissions needed to address climate change while strengthening the economy.”

For more on the role wind energy can play in the transition to a low carbon future, download a copy of Canada’s Advantage – A Vision for Renewable Electricity in Canada, November 2016, a publication of the Canadian Council on Renewable Electricity (CanCORE).

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About the Canadian Wind Energy Association

CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn. Learn more at www.canwea.ca.

For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact:

Lejla Latifovic, Senior Communications Advisor
Canadian Wind Energy Association
613-234-8716 x 241 or 1-800-922-6932 x 241
lejlalatifovic@canwea.ca

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