Poll shows strong support for wind energy in Saskatchewan
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.