Budget 2016 embraces a low carbon future

March 23, 2016

Wind-powered electricity central to Canada’s energy transition  

Ottawa, Ontario, March 23, 2016 – Jean-François Nolet, vice-president of policy and communications at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) released this statement following the release of the 2016 Federal Budget.

“This budget sends a clear signal that the Government of Canada is embracing the need to shift to a low carbon economy where Canada’s electricity grid is powered by affordable, reliable, zero-carbon electricity generation, like wind energy, which will be increasingly used to reduce fossil fuel use in other sectors like transportation and energy. Key measures in the budget that will facilitate this shift include significant investment in green infrastructure, tax support for electric vehicle charging and electrical energy storage, a strong commitment to advancing regional electricity cooperation including with the United States, data improvements for the clean technology sector, the establishment of a Low Carbon Economy Fund within the context of a pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change, and a commitment to clean energy policy development. CanWEA looks forward to working with the Federal Government as it strives to lead Canada toward 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, see also the CanWEA blog: Federal budget has a role to play in ensuring climate action.


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