Big Wind lobby group pulls out of B.C.

Province not likely to adopt utility-scale wind power in the next decade; commitment to “firm, cost-effective energy” from hydro
Alaska Highway News, February 13, 2016

The country’s largest wind energy organization has announced it is pulling out of British Columbia to chase better opportunities in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  

Jean-Francois Nolet, vice-president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), made the announcement in a letter to members of the association’s B.C. caucus Feb. 5, and obtained by the Alaska Highway News.

“In the last few months we have seen significant new commitments to renewable energy in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but much work remains to be done to make those commitments a reality,” Nolet wrote. 

“At the same time, despite the hard work and efforts of CanWEA and other stakeholders over many years in British Columbia, we have not yet secured any significant new opportunities for wind energy in the province and both the B.C. Government and BC Hydro have indicated that they do not expect to proceed with a new call for power within the next decade.”

In response, CanWEA determined it must shift its focus from B.C. to emerging markets in Alberta and Saskatchewan. With the announcment comes the closure of CanWEA’s B.C. office. Regional director Ian Baille will be leaving the organization.

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  • Mike Jankowski
    Posted February 15, 2016 10:47 am 0Likes

    When I think of the natural beauty in BC, I can see why. When I think if my health and the government in Ontario responsible to protect it and the contrast of their actions – I think if BC.

  • Barbara
    Posted February 15, 2016 4:44 pm 0Likes

    Microsoft Academic Search
    Scroll down to:
    “Montana Alberta Tie Line-North america’s first international merchant transmission line”
    Power Engineering Society/IEEE General Meeting-PES, 2010
    From the Abstract:
    “The rights to use the transmission line were fully subscribed by wind developers through 2 open seasons processes.”
    Only the abstract is free.
    MATL/Montana Alberta Tine Line began c.2005 and is now operational as of Sept.2013.
    Delivers power from Montana to Alberta at the present time. Transmission lines from Montana to the U.S. west coast are not in place yet but the future potential could be transmission of power from Alberta to the U.S. west coast states as well.

  • Barbara
    Posted February 15, 2016 10:01 pm 0Likes

    Congressional Research Service
    Canada-U.S. Relations, Sept.13, 2011
    Electricity Reliability, Trade, and Access to Renewable Power
    Canadian sources of renewable power may have the potential to reduce the need to build new, long-distance transmission projects in the United States.

    • Barbara
      Posted February 15, 2016 11:49 pm 0Likes

      Google: Congressional Research Service
      Canada-U.S. Relations, May 4, 2010, Pp. 59-61 has same report as 2011
      Congressional Research Service
      Canada-U.S. Relations, June 3, 2014
      Electric Reliability, trade, and, Access to Renewable Power, Pp.54-57
      Has more information at:
      Wait for the PDF or Google

  • Theresa
    Posted February 17, 2016 9:57 pm 0Likes

    Alberta and Saskatchewan will be an easy lease land grab for wind developers. IWT projects will create new jobs….there goes that broken record again…

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