The Canadian Wind Energy Association commended Emera Inc. and several wind and hydro partners for their submission of a proposal to Massachusetts utilities who hope to supply the state with an additional 9.45 TWh of clean energy by 2022.
The proposal includes plans to build seven new wind energy production facilities, five in New Brunswick and two in Nova Scotia, for a total generating capacity of almost 1,200 MW. “Developing these projects required major investments from participating firms,” said CanWEA vice-president Jean-François Nolet, “which goes to show how seriously the process is being taken. If these projects are contracted, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and host communities would see major benefits.” The submission of these projects serves to further demonstrate the maturity and affordability of Canadian wind energy— which is well positioned to play a major role in the state’s energy transition, the association said. Wind energy allows hydroelectricity producers to improve their offering in Massachusetts by granting them access to Class I Renewable Energy Credits. Given the Maritimes’ excellent wind resource and the willingness of dozens of its communities to host wind farms, Maritime wind energy can be a cost-effective contributor to any proposal, the association said.