CanWEA Commends Ontario’s Wind Energy Quota

The Ontario Government’s announcement that it plans to procure 950 MW of new wind energy capacity to meet the future electricity needs of Ontario earned praise from the president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), Richard Hornung.

“The Ontario Government is on track to meet its renewable energy targets and is now positioned to be Canada’s wind energy leader by 2008,” says Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA. “CanWEA is pleased that the Ontario Government is moving quickly to ensure Ontario can experience both the environmental and economic benefits of wind energy,” he added. Wind energy is growing in all regions of Canada — providing jobs and investment in rural communities. It is clean and renewable and is the fastest growing source of electricity worldwide, with an average growth rate of more than 30 percent over the past ten years. “Today’s announcement demonstrates that wind energy can make a serious and significant contribution to Ontario’s future electricity supply,” said Hornung. “CanWEA believes that wind energy can help Ontario exceed its renewable energy targets and we feel today’s announcement is a very important step towards our objective of 6,000 MW of wind energy in Ontario in 2015.” Canada’s current installed wind energy capacity of 590 MW provides enough power to meet the electricity needs of approximately 230,000 Canadian households. The stated commitments of federal and provincial governments would bring Canada’s installed wind energy capacity increase to more the 8,000 MW by 2014. The Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO) President Dave Butters calls for an immediate priority for all governments and stakeholders to work on streamlined approval processes and better communication to the public on the importance of contracted generation projects in achieving Ontario’s critical electricity supply objectives. “Our ability to deliver clean new energy when we need it and at a price we can afford will be seriously at risk if we do not address nimby-ism and other impediments to the timely development of new generation projects,” said Butters. Members of APPrO, a non-profit representing more than 100 companies involved in the generation of electricity in Ontario, currently produce more than 95 percent of the electricity generated in Ontario.

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