Canadian Government Supports 209 MW of New Wind Energy

The government of Canada announced this week that it will be providing incentive payments that could total up to $65 million over 10 years for two wind farms in the Gaspé region. This investment, through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program, will help to support the Carleton and L’Anse-à-Valleau wind farms, which are owned by Cartier Wind Energy Inc.

The 100-MW L’Anse-à-Valleau wind farm consists of 67 turbines and went online in Nov of 2007; the 109.5-MW Carleton wind farm consists of 73 turbines that went online almost exactly one year later in November 2008. With a total of six wind power projects online or in development, Cartier Wind Energy is poised to be the largest producer of wind energy in the province of Quebec, according to the company.

The $1.5-billion ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program provides a CAN $0.01 per kilowatt-hour incentive to existing renewable energy projects in Canada, with the goal of increasing Canada’s renewable electricity capacity by more than 4,000 MW. Canada’s Economic Action Plan builds on this investment with an additional $2.4 billion to support the development and deployment of cleaner energy technologies and supporting infrastructure, including the Clean Energy Fund and the Green Infrastructure Fund.


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