Ottawa, Canada [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) announced Canada has officially become the 12th country in the world to surpass 2,000 megawatts (MW) of installed wind energy capacity. Wind currently supplies approximately 1 percent of Canada’s electricity demand, with 85 wind farms representing approximately 2,246 MW of generating capacity.
Over the past ten years, global wind energy capacity has continued to grow at an average cumulative rate of more than 32 percent. Between now and 2020, close to US $1 trillion in global investment is projected to
bring global installed capacity to well over 500,000 MW.
“Surpassing the 2,000 MW mark represents a significant milestone for the wind energy industry in Canada. We believe, however, that we have only scratched the surface in terms of the role wind energy can and must play in Canada’s clean energy future,” said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA. “Achieving our industry goal of meeting 20 per cent of the country’s electricity needs with wind energy by the year 2025 will generate CAN $79 billion in new investments, create more than 52,000 new jobs, and provide economic development opportunities for rural communities throughout Canada.”
Ontario is the current provincial leader with installed wind energy capacity at 781 MW. Quebec follows at 531 MW; Alberta at 524 MW; Saskatchewan at 171 MW; Manitoba at 103 MW; Prince Edward Island at 72 MW; and Nova Scotia at 61 MW. Over the coming year it is anticipated that every province will be generating some electrical power from wind – and there is a clear consensus at all levels of government on the need to move towards a more sustainable electricity future.