More than 100 business and community leaders are attending aconference today, Nov. 2, and Wednesday, Nov. 3, at White PointBeach Resort in Queens County to learn more about the future ofwind energy in Nova Scotia. Wind energy has become the world’s fastest growing source of newelectricity generation and Nova Scotia has one of the best windregimes in Canada. The Winds of Change conference will feature presentations byindustry experts on a variety of topics, including the siteselection, permit, financing and construction requirements neededto make a wind project succeed. The conference will also featurea tour of the 17-turbine, state-of-the-art Pubnico Point Winddevelopment, the third largest wind farm in Canada. “There’s a strong interest in wind power in Nova Scotia and agrowing awareness of how this clean, renewable form of energy canbenefit our environment and our economy, particularly in ruralareas,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “Hosting thisconference is another step by the province to encourage andsupport the development of wind power.” In October, government passed legislation that will require aminimum portion of all new electricity generation to come fromrenewable sources, such as wind. The new law will make windprojects more attractive for developers by guaranteeing a marketfor the energy they produce. There are now four utility scale wind turbines generatingelectricity in Nova Scotia, with plans for many more. Recently, Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) stepped up its efforts todevelop wind power. In October, it approved 17 renewable energyprojects that will add 28 megawatts to the provincial grid.Fifteen of these are wind energy projects. NSPI also put out acall for large-scale renewable projects that will add another 30megawatts to the grid, which will likely see the development ofmore wind farms. “We’re excited about the future of wind energy in Nova Scotia,”said Mr. Clarke. “Nova Scotia Power has exceeded the voluntarytarget of 50 megawatts set out in the provincial Energy Strategyand we’re well on the way to meeting new targets. Government,NSPI, independent power producers and business and communityleaders all recognize the potential to make Nova Scotia aCanadian leader in wind energy development.” The Winds of Change conference is sponsored by Nova Scotia PowerInc., Natural Resources Canada, the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesAgency, and the Nova Scotia Department of Energy.