Environmental Protection

Wind Power Gets a Boost from Niagara’s Water Power

International investments are blowing wind industry companies, manufacturing and construction jobs across Ontario as Niagara will soon be used in the development of wind power.

The Ontario Clean Technology Alliance is attending WINDPOWER 2013 in Chicago to announce a series of national and international wind investments by companies including Capital Power Inc., Enercon Canada Inc., Niagara Region Wind Corp. (NRWC), NextEra Energy Canada ULC, REpower Systems SE, Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., and TSP Canada Towers Inc.

These companies are working on building an approximate 200 wind turbines that will be installed throughout Ontario’s Haldimand County and into the Niagara Region. They are attracted by an excellent wind profile and connections to existing transmission lines that carry power from Niagara Falls into southern Ontario’s manufacturing heartland.    

The wind power infrastructure investment is also made possible by the Province of Ontario’s visionary Green Energy Act of 2009 that helped increase the production of clean and renewable energy. Since 2009, Ontario’s Clean Energy Strategy is helping to build on the $27 billion in private sector clean energy investments attracted to Ontario. Ontario’s clean energy sector has already created 31,000 jobs and over 30 clean energy companies have set up shop in the province.

“While the 230-megawatt industrial wind turbine project by NRWC is the Niagara Region’s largest, promising 770 construction phase jobs through to 2014 and 110 more to maintain the turbine structures, the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance team is working hard to build on this momentum,” says Valerie Kuhns, sector manager for the Niagara Region’s Economic Development Department.

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