|Sunday, 19 October 2008 17:00|
Coffeetalk Audio -
Let’s talk about wind. We know about wind here on the Canadian prairies, don’t we? I’ve often wondered why we don’t harness the power of the wind more out here to produce electricity like they do in other parts of the world. When I was in Germany recently I saw a number of giant turbines with majestically rotating blades standing out in fields like something out of a science-fiction movie. As far as I know, we have one major wind turbine manufacturer in Canada. It is based in Montreal and I read where it supposedly has a deal to produce 61 turbines for a 100 megawatt wind farm in Quebec. However, given today’s volatile markets and tight credit conditions, the project’s financing could be in jeopardy even though they say Hydro Quebec is guaranteed to purchase the electricity generated by the wind farm for the next 20 years. Interestingly, while some uncertainty hangs over the alternative energy sector because of economics, a spokesperson says there are at least 12,000 megawatts of wind power slated for development in this country over the next eight years that this company hopes to tap into. I wonder if any of that is slated for Saskatchewan? If not, I wonder why not? We have the wind, we have a need for a steady supply of electric power as much as anywhere else. We have, as far as I am aware, one wind farm in this province,, the Cypress Hill Wind Power facility at Gull Lake. Do we have the vision and the will to add more? Time will tell.
That’s Coffeetalk. I’m Vic Dubois.