Montreal, Canada — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 05 November 2010 – Yet another study has come out with strong support for the future of wind power as a form of alternative energy “’ this time in the Canadian province of Quebec.
The new study “’ commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and executed by the firm Hatch in collaboration with economist Jean-Claude Thibodeau “’ underlines wind energy’s promise in Quebec.
“By 2015 the province will have 4 000 MW of wind power generating capacity,” it says. “This will mean US$10 billion (R69 billion) in new investments will come into Quebec.”
The study determined that wind farm construction will create more than 37 000 jobs between 2005 and 2015. More precisely, 5 210 jobs per year would be created between 2011 and 2015. In addition, nearly 1 400 permanent jobs will be created in the operation and maintenance of the wind farms by 2015. Finally, by 2015, landowners and municipalities will stand to earn up to US$25 million (R172.5 million) a year from these wind energy developments.
“With its growing wind energy manufacturing sector, and plans to install more than 600 MW of new wind energy projects annually for each of the next five years, Quebec has succeeded in making wind energy an engine of economic development,” said CanWEA president Robert Hornung.
A second report, entitled “WindVision 2025: A Strategy for Quebec”, urges the province to continue to develop wind power beyond 2015, and to add an additional 8 000 MW by 2025. “This new phase would generate US$25 million (R172.5 million) in investments and would create 90 000 jobs during the construction phase, as well as 4 500 permanent operations and maintenance jobs by 2025. The economic benefits for landowners and municipalities would climb to US$95 million (R655 million) per year.