CanWEA pulls plug in BC
Resources 'reallocated' following drop in development prospects
Canada’s wind energy advocacy group is pulling out of British Columbia to “reallocate resources” to other regions as development prospects dim in the western province.
“We are focusing our efforts on markets in Canada where there are opportunities for new wind energy development in the short term,” Canadian Wind Energy Association VP policy and communications Jean-François Nolet told reNEWS.
He confirmed CanWEA is closing its Vancouver office. Developers are turning to Alberta, which plans to phase out coal, and Saskatchewan, which aims to reach 20% renewable energy by 2030.
Today, British Columbia is home to four wind farms with 489MW of installed capacity. When Pattern Energy completes the 180MW Meikle scheme later this year it will likely be the last new wind project for some time.
Utility BC Hydro has said the province has an oversupply of power and the 1.1GW Site C hydroelectric project now under construction is expected to meet demand growth over the next several years.