Positive wind poll in Quebec

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A new survey shows that 85% of Quebecers want to use electricity produced either totally, or in part, by wind energy. The survey was commissioned by Axor Engineering of Montreal, co-owner of the recently completed 100 MW Le Nordais wind farm (Windpower Monthly, November 1999). Of the 1005 people interviewed, 68% would be willing to accept an increase of C$10 on the annual electricity bills of all Hydro Quebec customers. This increase, says Axor, would pay the costs of a proposed wind set-aside in the province, which calls for the installation of 50 MW of wind power capacity each year for nine years, starting in 2002. "The citizens' interest in wind energy should encourage both levels of government to adopt measures in their next budgets supporting development in this field," says Axor president Yvan Dupont. The survey found that most Quebecers are concerned about air pollution and see wind power as the cleanest generation option for the province's hydro dominated grid. When asked to identify the least environmentally damaging energy source, 65% of respondents chose wind while 27% opted for hydro electricity.

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