The TechnoCentre éolien and the ACCORD Wind Power Cluster welcomed the announcement of the attribution of 800 MW of wind power made public today in Gaspé and Matane by Québec Premier Pauline Marois.
The Government of Québec also announced its intention to support the wind power network until 2024. “Québec’s wind power industry has been awaiting the allocation of these megawatts for several months. They were needed to ensure the continuity of operations at plants manufacturing components. With this announcement, we can see that the Marois government wants to revisit the way wind power is developed; it also confirms the Government of Québec’s commitment to the wind energy network in the province. We are now eager for the request for proposals to be issued and to hear the details surrounding today’s announcement,” said Frédéric Côté, TechnoCentre éolien general manager.
Wind-generated electricity contributes to economic development and the creation of wealth throughout Québec. According to a recent study conducted by SECOR/KPMG, $8 billion will be invested in Québec through the wind power industry by 2015 and every year $25 million in royalties are paid out to municipalities and landowners on whose lands wind farms are located. As for the government, it receives on average $88 million per year, including $42 million in fiscal income. The attribution of the latest 800 MW represents an additional investment of $2 billion. It is important to point out that the wind power industry creates 5,000 jobs in Québec, 1,200 of which are located in Gaspésie and the MRC de Matane.
“Québec has developed unique expertise and know-how in wind power over the last decade, making it a North American leader. In addition to supporting plants in the region and our enterprises during the construction period, the Marois government’s announcement will also contribute to all the service enterprises that have sprung up here in the Gaspé and which are increasingly proving themselves outside the region and Québec. For cluster companies, this means new business opportunities that they will no doubt seize,” pointed out Christian Babin, Wind Power Cluster chair.
About the TechnoCentre éolien
Founded in 2000, the TechnoCentre éolien is a research and technology transfer centre that helps companies adapt their technology to withstand the northern climate, develop new products for the wind power industry, and integrate the power supply chain in Québec. The TechnoCentre éolien has four principal areas of endeavour: technical assistance for businesses, applied research, economic development and communication/events.
The TechnoCentre éolien is represented on a variety of international committees. It is responsible for carrying out the mission of the college centre for technology transfer (CCTT) in wind energy in Québec and houses Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine ACCORD Wind Power Cluster management.
About the ACCORD Wind Power Cluster
The ACCORD project is a Government of Québec strategy that seeks to develop niches of excellence based on each region’s economic assets and natural resources.
In the Gaspésie – Îles-de-la-Madeleine administrative region and the MRC de Matane, the ACCORD Wind Power Cluster fosters networking by industrialists, economic decision makers, and institutional partners so that together they can define priorities and choose actions that will help build an innovative wind energy network able to compete throughout North America. The cluster’s actions are guided by seven thrusts that notably include business and market development, the availability of a qualified work force, and the consolidation of integration and transportation infrastructure.
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