Last week, Cartier Wind Energy announced the Gros-Morne Phase II wind project is now operational. Why is this a big deal? Now that phase II is complete, the Gros-Morne wind farm is the largest in Canada, a country that is one of the world leaders in wind energy. This project was awarded by the province of Québec as part of an effort to reach 1,000 Megawatts of new wind power capacity by the end of 2012. The Gros-Morne wind farm alone will now generate 211.5 Megawatts, and can power up to 20,000 residences.
Québec is set to award more contracts in 2013, in an effort to add another 700 Megawatts of capacity. In all, Canada is on pace to double their total wind capacity by the year 2014 – up to 10 Gigawatts of energy production.
This is excellent news for the wind energy industry. It is wonderful to have a neighbor to the north that is so dedicated to renewable energy and job creation. We always enjoy hearing news like this, whether in the United States or around the world. Here’s to the growth of wind energy, but nationally and globally!