Energy, Science and Technology Minister Dave Chomiak announced that Manitoba Hydro will issue a request for proposals this winter for new wind projects totaling 300MW.
This announcement is part of the province's commitment to develop 1,000MW of wind power over the next decade. Manitoba's 1,000-megawatt wind strategy is expected to generate CAN$ 2 billion in investment, CAN$ 100 million in wind-rights payments to landowners and CAN$ 150 million in property taxes to local municipalities. With the addition of 300MW, the province's total installed wind capacity will rise to 399MW, representing 3.2 per cent of Manitoba Hydro's total annual electricity generation. This is expected to rise to 8 per cent when the Province reaches 1,000MW of installed wind capacity in 2018.