Statement: Nova Scotia government announces plan to offer 5 GW of offshore wind leases by 2030

CanREA applauds the Province’s investment to support green hydrogen production and lower greenhouse-gas emissions

Ottawa, September 22, 2022 – The Government of Nova Scotia announced on Tuesday that it has set a target to offer leases for five gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.

The Canadian Renewable Energy Association applauds the Province’s move to bolster its emerging green hydrogen sector, creating job opportunities and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.

“With its abundant wind resources and strong political commitment to increase renewable energy production, CanREA believes Nova Scotia is well-positioned to take a leadership role in the offshore wind energy industry in Canada,” said Jean Habel, CanREA’s Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Offshore wind development leases will be granted through a competitive bidding process, managed by both the federal and Nova Scotia governments. The first call for bids is expected in 2025.

CanREA also looks forward to 2023, when the province is expected to release its green hydrogen action plan.

CanREA’s 2050 Vision has highlighted the important role green hydrogen must play in helping Canada, and the world, move toward net-zero GHG emissions in areas where electrification is more challenging, such as industrial processes and freight transportation.

“Our association is pleased to see the positive steps Nova Scotia is taking toward enacting policies that will attract renewable energy investment to Canada,” said Habel.

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“With its abundant wind resources and strong political commitment to increase renewable energy production, CanREA believes Nova Scotia is well-positioned to take a leadership role in the offshore wind energy industry in Canada.”

“Our association is pleased to see the positive steps Nova Scotia is taking toward enacting policies that will attract renewable energy investment to Canada.”

Jean Habel, CanREA Director for Quebec and Atlantic Canada

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