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Creating an Alberta Advantage for renewable energy

By Robert Hornung, John Gorman, Jacob Irving and Alison Thompson

Falling oil prices are creating a new reality for Alberta’s long-term economic health. As the province looks for new markets for its oil and gas, it must also accelerate the diversification of its energy economy and demonstrate environmental leadership. Read More

Senvion wins 150 Megawatt contract for Canadian wind farm

November 10, 2014

Hamburg/Montreal: Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, the world’s fifth-largest* manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed a contract for the delivery of its 3.2M114 Cold Climate Version type turbines to the 150 Megawatt (MW) Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n (MU) wind farm in Quebec, Canada. Read More

Quebec’s rising energy costs aren’t driven by wind power: wind industry

Yes, there’s an energy surplus in Quebec these days. Yes, export markets are weak for producers like Hydro-Québec. And yes, production prices are climbing.

“But you build power generation projects today for tomorrow,” said Jean-François Nolet, vice president of policy and government affairs for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). Read More

Wind power problems: “What are they talking about?”

I never assume anyone knows where my hometown of Mitchell’s Bay (population: 350) is, unless they like to fish or hunt or boat, or come from deep in southwestern Ontario. Read More

Albertans favour greener energy grid

As Alberta’s newly sworn Premier Jim Prentice takes command of a province fuelled almost entirely by oil and gas, a recent survey tells him Albertans want more wind energy and other renewables powering their homes and industries.

Nanos Research was engaged by the Canadian Wind Energy Association to examine the views of Albertans on a wide range of energy issues, including the various forms of electricity generation.

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Solar, wind cost-competitive for peak energy, study finds

Consultant questions subsidies for residential solar when costs are dropping

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Wind blows Comox man’s career northward

Comox resident David Durrant is a third-generation Vancouver Islander.

Now he’s managing aspects of a pioneering Island project to benefit not only the present but also future generations.
And “generation” is a particularly apt word, for he is in charge of operating and maintaining a series of windturbines at the Island’s first windpark, just inland of Cape Scott.

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Courts are dismissing wind-farm health claims

Since 1998, in 49 separate cases around the world, opponents have used health arguments as the basis of legal appeals intended to stop or block wind farm developments. Read More

Wind blows favourably for independent power producers; Development of LNG export sector expected to create new demand for renewable energy

Saturday, August 9, 2014
By Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun

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Alberta Breaks Wind Power Record, Then Does It Again

Canadian province Alberta broke its wind generation record not once, but twice, last week. Between 11 a.m. and noon on Thursday, July 24, Alberta produced an average of 1,188 MW of wind power. The province then surpassed that on Friday, July 25, peaking at an average of 1,255 MW between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Before last week, the previous record was set on May 29, with an average of 1,134 MW.

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EDP Renewables Welcomes Local Summer Camps to South Branch Wind Farm for Day of Science and Engineering

Toronto, ON, July 29, 2014 – On Thursday, July 24th, 2014, EDP Renewables Canada along with Siemens Canada LTD, and a team of educators from the KidWind Project joined together to host more than 150 local summer campers from across the towns of Crysler, Embrun, Russell, Avonmore, Chesterville, and Morrisburg for a day filled with science and engineering based activities centered around the mechanics of wind energy.

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Aercoustics is the choice of Ontario’s Major Wind Power Developers for Noise Emission Testing on Wind Turbines

Toronto, ON, July 29, 2014 – Aercoustics Engineering Limited has been retained by the major wind power developers in Ontario to test the noise levels of their wind turbines. The Toronto-based company is the only one in Canada recognized to certify noise levels from wind turbines.

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Wind power under study; Outcome of task force will be reflected in budget

At least one wind power executive rejoiced Thursday at the announcement that Quebec is forming a task force on how best to tap the province’s commercial wind potential.

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Having Their Say: CanWEA Clarifies True Source Of Canadian Wind Success

A recent report summary by GlobalData, which ran in June, fails to grasp the nuances of the Canadian wind energy market, according to Tom Levy, director of technical and utility affairs at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), who rebuts several claims made by the research and consulting firm.

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Letters to the editor: There are benefits to wind energy


Stratford Beacon-Herald – Jun 27, 2014, A5
Re: A Dangerous Wind Is Blowing -Stratford Beacon-Herald, June 26, 2014 Read More

Why Texas beats Alberta with wind energy – Calgary Herald

Were Alberta and Texas separated at birth?

It’s actually not that much of a stretch. Both share a deep appreciation of prime rib, free enterprise, and rodeos. Both have prospered from their abundant natural resources — not only oil and gas, but also the steady winds that blow across the open range. Read More

First sign of promised 700 jobs

Mayor Randy Hope is calling the opening of Siemens new wind turbine training and distribution centre a sign of the 700 jobs he promised last month. Read More

(Français) L’industrie éolienne québécoise tente de percer à l’étranger

Après avoir atteint une certaine maturité au Québec, l’industrie éolienne québécoise entend maintenant se tourner davantage vers l’exportation pour percer les marchés étrangers.  Read More

(Français) Boralex : lauréate du prix Entreprise de l’année au Gala québécois de l’industrie éolienne

MONTRÉAL, le 11 juin 2014 /CNW Telbec/ – Le 4e Gala québécois de l’industrie éolienne, organisé par le TechnoCentre éolien à Gaspé (Québec, Canada) le 10 juin, a couronné Boralex inc. (« Boralex » ou la « Société ») en tant qu’Entreprise de l’année. Read More

(Français) L’industrie éolienne couronne ses gagnants 2014 à Gaspé

À l’occasion de son quatrième gala québécois orchestré aux couleurs des années 20, les dirigeants de l’industrie ont décerné les prix d’entreprise et de personnalité de l’année à Boralex inc. et Helmut Herold, président-directeur général Amérique du nord de Senvion Canada Inc. Read More