Clean Energy Canada Declares Ontario and Quebec Leaders in Clean Energy, Alberta and Saskatchewan aiming to catch up.
Clean Energy added up all the clean energy projects constructed in 2015 across the country to come up with the rankings. Perhaps not surprisingly, half the investments came from Ontario at $5.3 billion.
Over the last year, most of the $1.9 billion spent in Quebec went toward wind power, while much of the $1.2 billion invested in Atlantic Canada was focused on Newfoundland and Labrador’s Muskrat Falls hydro project. To the west, Manitoba and B.C. spent $704 million and $790 million in 2015. In Alberta, just $78 million and another $60 million in Saskatchewan for a wind project.
“The simple answer is: policy matters. In provinces where they have made building out renewable energy as a priority, both economically and environmentally, that’s creating a really attractive environment for investment dollars,” – Dan Woynillowicz, Clean Energy Canada.
Alberta has set a goal of relying on renewables for 30% of electricity consumption by 2030, and Saskatchewan has set a 50% target for the same year.