Poll shows strong sup­port for wind en­ergy in Saskatchewan

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The Cana­dian Wind En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion (CANWEA) re­leased the re­sults of polling con­ducted by Saska­toon-based In­sightrix Re­search at an in­dus­try event held in Regina on Novem­ber 29. The prov­ince-wide rep­re­sen­ta­tive poll showed over­whelm­ing sup­port for the devel­op­ment of wind en­ergy with 84 per cent of re­spon­dents sup­port­ing poli­cies that en­cour­age the devel­op­ment of wind en­ergy in Saskatchewan and 78 per cent sup­port­ing the devel­op­ment of wind farms near their com­mu­ni­ties.

The polling fol­lows re­cent an­nounce­ments that the prov­ince will be adding two wind en­ergy pro­jects that to­gether will add nearly 400 megawatts (MW) of wind en­ergy ca­pac­ity to its grid in the near-term. In Septem­ber, the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment ap­proved the 177 MW Blue Hill Wind En­ergy Project and in Oc­to­ber, Saskpower an­nounced that it had signed a power pur­chase agree­ment with Po­ten­tia Re­new­ables for its 200 MW Golden South Wind En­ergy Fa­cil­ity. Both fa­cil­i­ties are ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional in 2021 and will more than dou­ble Saskatchewan’s in­stalled wind en­ergy ca­pac­ity.

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