AQPER and CanWEA are pleased with the Quebec Government’s commitment to wind energy
MONTREAL, May 10, 2013 – The Association québécoise de la production de l’énergie renouvelable (AQPER) and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) are pleased with the government’s interest in wind energy and the strong commitment it is making to Quebec’s wind energy sector.
“The government’s commitment will generate investments of nearly $2 billion and secure 5,000 jobs in the wind energy industry in Quebec, including 1,200 manufacturing jobs in the Gaspésie and Bas-Saint-Laurent. Today’s announcement shows Quebec’s willingness to respect the commitment it made in its energy strategy, and reconfirms the government’s support to wind energy. The announcement is a positive step forward but in order to see real concrete economic benefits, these projects will need to be built in the near future. As such, the members of the wind industry must join forces to ensure the additional 800 MW are installed between 2016 and 2017. The wind energy industry will continue to work with the government to achieve that goal,” said Jean‑François Nolet, CanWEA vice-president of policy and government affairs.
“This is good news for workers, for the Gaspésie and the Bas-Saint-Laurent, and for all of Quebec. We are pleased that our appeals were heard by the government and that the Premier is announcing her decision today in the Gaspésie and Bas‑Saint‑Laurent regions. We now have to work hand in hand to get these wind energy projects off the ground as soon as possible,” stated Jean‑François Samray, AQPER president and CEO.
CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its almost 400 members. 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. In order for Canada to be a world leader in the production of clean wind energy, CanWEA believes we can and must reach a target of producing 20 per cent or more of our electricity from wind by 2025. The document WindVision 2025: Powering Canada's Future is available at www.canwea.ca.
About the AQPER
The letters AQPER stand for Association québécoise de la production d’énergie renouvelable, or Quebec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy. Founded in 1991 by a group of independent small hydro plant operators, the AQPER brings together businesses engaged in renewable electric power generation. It has been promoting the sustainable development of renewable energy from sources other than hydro since 1998, and now includes companies active in the wind, biogas, biomass, solar and biofuel sectors as well.
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