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Can the province of Québec (Canada) learn from Sweden in the field of wind power energy?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

For several years now it has been indicated by the scientific research that human activity has a definite impact on the temperature of the Earth. There are different ways of reducing anthropogenic climate change, to consume less energy for instance, but also to use renewable sources of energy. Since the wind power market is growing rapidly lately, it seemed interesting to compare how different countries have developed wind power energy and how they intend to do it in the future. Sweden has developed wind power energy for a long time and since Québec, a Canadian province, is similar to the Scandinavian country in many aspects; it was interesting to determine if the province of Québec in Canada can learn from Sweden in the field of wind power energy. When looking to stimulate wind power on their respective territories, it seems that Sweden and Québec have very different approaches to the development of that energy. In Québec, the governmental policy is criticised because it gives too much latitude to private companies when it is almost the opposite in Sweden, where the government is charged to have introduced too many restrictions and environmental policies that hinder the development of wind power. The conclusion is that Québec can learn from Sweden and from Sweden’s mistakes in the wind energy sector, but also from more successful countries like Denmark and Germany. First, Québec could benefit from having a more decentralised development strategy i.e. giving more power to local authorities and local populations. Second, Québec needs stronger economic incentives providing a stable market for developers.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 60 p.
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 88
Keyword [en]
sustainable development, wind power, Québec, Sweden, energy systems
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-184692OAI: diva2:567379
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2012-05-31, Norrland I, Department of Earth Sciences, Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, Uppsala, 09:00 (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2012-11-13 Created: 2012-11-12 Last updated: 2012-11-13Bibliographically approved

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