Coal, Emissions, Gas, Wind

New farms up Canada’s wind capacity by 25 per cent

17 March 2005 – Two new wind projects, supported by the Canadian government’s newly improved Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI), will increase the country’s wind power capacity by 25 per cent.

Wind power is the fastest growing form of electricity generation in Canada and the 60 turbines announced for development at the Mount Miller and Mount Copper wind farms will together provide an additional 108 MW to the country’s portfolio. Canada currently generates 444 MW and this will rise to 552 MW with the additional turbines, 60 per cent of which the government has contributed to.

Canada’s government recently made a commitment to quadruple the WPPI to more than $900m, in order to add a further 4000 MW of wind energy capacity by 2010.

Jacques Saada, minister of the economic development agency for the regions of Quebec, said: “The Wind Power Production Incentive allows the Government of Canada to play a key role in expanding our supply of clean, renewable wind power, and demonstrates our commitment to action on climate change.”