REPORT: Offshore wind could turn Atlantic Canada into an 'energy superpower'

The report says turbines on Sable Island Bank alone could generate 70,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year – twice the amount of energy currently used in the region.

REPORT: Offshore wind could turn Atlantic Canada into an 'energy superpower'
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The author of a new report exploring the potential of developing offshore wind farms off the coast of Atlantic Canada says that harnessing the power of wind could turn that region into an “energy superpower” akin to Texas and its oil fields. 

According to this Financial Post article, the report says that Sable Island Bank off the coast of Nova Scotia alone could accommodate at least 1,000 offshore turbines, enough to generate about 70,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity a year — capable of powering 6.5 million Canadian homes or almost twice the annual power consumed in Atlantic Canada. 

Canadian policy expert Peter Nicholson, who wrote the report for the nonpartisan group, Public Policy Forum, said in the report that “Canada needs to turn its inexhaustible wind resource into infinitely renewable electricity,” but that doing so “will require a new level of ambition, even audacity.”

Sounds good! Now do a report on the potential of offshore wind for the Pacific coast of Canada, please… because with warming temperatures and a shifting climate, the rain and snow that feed our hydroelectric dams might not be around forever. 🙏

Read the full article here or see what the CBC has to say about it here.

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