WindVision British Columbia

WindVision 2025: A Strategy for British Columbia

Assessment of the Estimated Wind Energy Costs in British Columbia Prepared for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) by GL Garrad Hassan

Wind energy is a cost-competitive and clean choice to supply the significant amounts of new electricity the province will require due to increased industrial development. The cost of developing clean wind energy has dropped significantly in the past three years while technology improvements have increased productivity, an analysis by GL Garrad Hassan has found. The report prepared for CanWEA by GL Garrad Hassan found that wind turbine prices have dropped by 20 per cent since 2009 while at the same time the productivity of turbines has increased by as much as 27 per cent.

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GHG Reductions from Enhanced Electrification of Potential New Industrial Demand in British Columbia
Prepared for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) by the Pembina Institute

Wind energy is well positioned to limit huge increases in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that would result from powering new industrial developments with fossil fuels, according to a new report by the Pembina Institute. The report, GHG Reductions from Enhanced Electrification of Potential New Industrial Demand in British Columbia, determines the potential GHG reductions that would result from fully electrifying new industrial developments in the province with clean and renewable grid-based electricity.

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WindVision 2025: A Strategy for British Columbia demonstrates that BC will require more electricity generation to meet its own in-province needs, which are projected to increase rapidly over the next decade. The document links the compatibility of wind energy with the province’s existing clean energy targets and British Columbians’ expectations for cost-competitive, low-impact, zero-emission electricity.

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Review of CanWEA’s BC WindVision Analysis
Prepared for the Canadian Wind Energy Association by ClearkSky Advisors Inc.

ClearSky Advisors were asked to comment on CanWEA’s BC WindVision document pertaining to the economic benefit to the province. ClearSky has reviewed the analysis and generally found the statements to be reasonable and conservative estimates for the economic benefits of a wind energy sector in BC.

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Additional Industrial Electricity Load Growth in BC to 2025
Prepared for the Canadian Wind Energy Association by Steve Davis & Associates Consulting Ltd.

CanWEA commissioned this report to inform its BC WindVision 2025 analysis with a forecast of the market for wind energy in BC in both 2017 and 2025.

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British Columbians want energy independence and strongly support more wind energy as a source of clean electricity, poll finds
The Oracle Research poll commissioned by CanWEA, found that seventy-six per cent of British Columbians strongly agree or agree wind energy should be further developed as a source of clean electricity. The poll, conducted on Sept. 26 – 27, also found that 84 per cent of British Columbians want the province to produce enough power to meet the needs of residents without importing energy.

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