CanWEA Applauds Alberta’s Commitment to Renewables in 2016 Budget
April 15, 2016
New wind energy will bring economic and environmental benefits to Alberta
Ottawa, Ontario, April 15, 2016 – Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) released this statement following the announcement yesterday of the 2016 Alberta Budget by NDP Finance Minister Joe Ceci.
“The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased that the Alberta government’s 2016 Budget reaffirms and enables the Alberta Government to move forward on its commitment to see renewable energy contribute up to 30 per cent of all electricity generated in Alberta by 2030. If two-thirds of coal-fired generating capacity were replaced with wind energy by 2030, it would stimulate $8.5 billion in new investment while creating a minimum of 4,000 full-time equivalent direct jobs in construction and 300 full-time jobs in operations and maintenance. Meeting Alberta’s 30 per cent target, however, will require Alberta to make significant additional investments in wind energy as well as other forms of renewable energy generation – creating more clean energy jobs for Albertans in addition to those associated with new natural gas-fired generation as Alberta moves to phase out all pollution from coal-fired generation by 2030.”
Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan will diversify Alberta’s sources of electricity generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create new clean energy jobs. CanWEA is currently an active participant in the consultation processes underway by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) to inform the design and implementation of a new competitive renewable energy procurement process that aims to launch a process to procure new renewable energy in Alberta before the end of 2016 with a view to having projects in operation by 2019.
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association
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Lejla Latifovic, Communications Advisor
Canadian Wind Energy Association
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