Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand announced yesterday the creation of a Government-industry working group destined to assess the development of the provincial wind power industry.

Turbine suppliers, project developers and component manufacturers will be solicited in the coming weeks to join the 15-member task force whose aim is to find innovative solutions so as to reinforce the sector’s competitiveness. Work will be carried out in a targeted approach in order to support businesses involved in the industry with the development of their expertise and products in order to increase exports and their capacity to respond to specific needs.

Both the Canadian Wind Energy Association and the AQPER (Québec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy) are prepared to participate in the consultation process. According to Mr. Arcand, a report summarizing the task force’s observations and recommendations is scheduled to be delivered next Fall and will fuel reflection on Québec’s next energy policy.