Wind, solar and energy storage will be pivotal to New Brunswick’s plan to increase renewables five-fold by 2035.
Ottawa, December 14, 2023—CanREA welcomes New Brunswick’s new energy strategy, published this week, which will increase the province’s supply of renewable energy five-fold by 2035.
The plan, entitled “Powering our Economy and the World with Clean Energy – Our Path Forward to 2035,” includes a 12-year road map and supporting strategies for the province to meet national and international clean-energy transition targets.
Notably, New Brunswick’s energy strategy now includes the development of 1400 MW of new wind power, 200 MW of grid-scale solar power, an additional 100 MW of energy storage, and 300 MW of onsite (behind-the-meter) solar.
“CanREA is glad to see that wind, solar and energy storage are pivotal in New Brunswick’s new energy vision,” said Jean Habel, CanREA’s Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada. “In order to reach a net-zero economy, the scale and speed of clean energy deployment is going to be unprecedented. CanREA would like to congratulate the government of New Brunswick for their commitment to defining an energy transition roadmap for this province.”
This roadmap includes predictable wind procurement every two years starting in 2027, that will lead to 1400 MW of new wind in the province. It also includes an annual procurement of 25 MW of grid scale solar, starting in 2028 and reaching a total of 200 MW of new, grid-scale solar power.
In this way, the renewables industry in New Brunswick will be able to seize the opportunities and advantages offered by Canada’s new investment tax credits for renewable energy production that were announced in the 2023 federal budget.
“New Brunswick’s energy strategy now provides an important long-term predictability for the industry,” said Habel, “and CanREA members will be keen to ensure the success of that deployment in the upcoming years.”
CanREA was pleased to participate in many important consultations to shape the future of energy in New Brunswick, such as NB Power’s Integrated Resource Plan and the New Brunswick Climate Action Plan, and looks forward to continued engagement with the Government of New Brunswick regarding the deployment of this new energy vision.
CanREA will also continue working with all the relevant stakeholders and rights-holders in New Brunswick, including Indigenous communities and municipalities, to ensure that the deployment of renewable energy projects is well aligned with host communities’ needs.
This new energy strategy reflects many elements of CanREA’s 2050 Vision: “Powering Canada’s Journey to Net Zero,” which highlights the importance of adding incremental amounts of renewables each year.
“CanREA is glad to see that wind, solar and energy storage are pivotal in New Brunswick’s new energy vision. In order to reach a net-zero economy, the scale and speed of clean energy deployment is going to be unprecedented. CanREA would like to congratulate the government of New Brunswick for their commitment to defining an energy transition roadmap for this province.”
“New Brunswick’s energy strategy now provides an important long-term predictability for the industry and CanREA members will be keen to ensure the success of that deployment in the upcoming years.”—Jean Habel, Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)
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