Annual reviews provide potential for even greater economic, health and
environmental dividends from wind energy
OTTAWA, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) is pleased the Government of Ontario has today indicated that
wind energy will make an important contribution to Ontario's limited,
short-term needs for new electricity supply. As part of the Long-Term
Energy Plan update announced today, the Ontario Government will request
proposals for the supply of 600 megawatts of new, clean wind energy
over the next two years.
CanWEA president Robert Hornung says Ontario has a range of options for
new electricity generation, but few that match wind energy's ability to
meet the public's demand for affordable, reliable and environmentally
"We agree with the Government of Ontario that new wind energy is a good
choice when new electricity supply is required and we look forward to
working with the Government to finalize the details of the initial
procurement in the first quarter of 2014," he says. "Ontario's wind
energy industry is well positioned to provide Ontario with cost
competitive and affordable power through this process."
Mr. Hornung adds that because forecasting electricity demand 10-15 years
into the future is challenging, annual reviews of changing supply and
demand conditions offer the potential for even greater economic, health
and environmental dividends from wind energy beyond 2018.
"Ontario must continue to pursue options that provide reliable
electricity, stabilize electricity prices, promote community economic
development and protect the environment," he says. "Wind energy has
proven to be an increasingly favourable option for addressing these
important public needs."
As a result, CanWEA is encouraging the Government of Ontario to commit
to a long-term target of at least 15 percent of electricity demand
being met by wind energy by 2031.
Mr. Hornung says the wind energy industry has made significant progress
in recent years in expanding community participation and local
"Community support will continue to be fundamental to the success of
every wind energy project," he says. "Today, close to one hundred
communities in Ontario and across Canada are home to wind energy
operations, developments and businesses - prime examples of how the
wind industry and local communities continue to thrive and to secure
significant mutual benefits."
CanWEA's best-practice guidelines for community engagement are part of a
continuous effort to improve and strengthen wind industry
sustainability as interest in wind energy development grows across
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association
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the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national
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SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association
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