Q. What role will private renewables developers play in Atlantic Canada’s energy transition?
A. The wind industry in Atlantic Canada is growing especially with the need for additional energy as we continue to move towards decarbonizing the electrical grids and building green industries.
Renewable energy developers will play a big role in helping with these goals as we will be responsible for securing and deploying additional renewable energy projects to meet this demand in the next few years.
We’re seeing governments announce high targets for new wind such as Nova Scotia’s clean power plan which calls for an additional 1,000 MW of onshore wind by 2030 and New Brunswick looking to replace the 450 MW of coal power in the province.
Through programs such as New Brunswick’s Request for Expression of Interest earlier in 2023, and Nova Scotia’s Green Choice Program being launched later this year, renewable energy developers in the region will be busy in 2024 and beyond. With these programs along with new ones to follow, there will be great opportunities for First Nation’s and other community groups to get involved in the industry through partnerships with developers.
Also, private developers will create job opportunities and boost the local economy by hiring workers for the construction, operations, and maintenance of renewable energy infrastructure. They will also contribute to skill development and knowledge transfer in the local workforce.
Q. What does the future look like for Natural Forces?
A. As mentioned previously, Natural Forces has grown a lot in the last few years. We’ve taken the experience built in in Atlantic Canada and expanded into new markets such as France and Ireland as well as New York State.
Atlantic Canada has been an exceptional place to develop these skills as we have excellent talent being develop through our local universities, and colleges with specialized programs geared towards the renewable energy industry. We have also found that our approach to developing meaningful relationships is almost innate to folks in Atlantic Canada and it is something that really resonates with our partners and those who work with us abroad as well.
The workforce in Atlantic Canada is eager to transition to a cleaner energy future and we are truly very grateful to be able to work in this region.
To learn more about Natural Forces, visit their website: https://www.naturalforces.ca/.
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