2013 record year to be eclipsed by strong and steady growth in wind
energy across Canada from 2014 to 2016
TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's wind energy industry is well
positioned to build on its rapid growth to date and strong prospects
for the next few years as provincial governments in all of Canada's
major wind energy markets work to define the policy framework that will
inform new electricity supply choices for the next decade. This was the
consensus reached among participants on the Industry Leaders Panel at
today's plenary session - Wind Energy across Canada.
While wind energy will see strong and steady growth through 2016 across
Canada, the country's four largest wind energy markets (BC, Alberta,
Ontario and Quebec) all have long-term planning processes underway that
will determine how future wind energy development unfolds after 2016.
"There is little doubt that wind energy has become a significant and
mainstream electricity source in all regions of Canada with another
record year for installations expected in 2013", said CanWEA president,
Robert Hornung. "This does not mean, however, that our long-term future
Given provincial targets and pipeline projects already contracted to be
built, Canada will see an average of 1,500 MW of new wind energy
projects commissioned annually over the next three years.
Provincial governments across Canada are now engaged in processes to
review future electricity demand and assess potential new supplies of
electricity against some key criteria, including cost-effectiveness,
environmental impact and economic benefits. By any objective measure,
wind is well-positioned to meet all of these requirements. It is
cost-competitive with almost any other generating technology, is one of
the most environmentally sustainable sources of electricity available,
and brings new jobs and investment to rural economies.
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association
CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting
the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its members. A national
non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada's leading source of
credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and
environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and for insight on industry issues join the conversation at www.windfacts.ca.
For Canada to be a world leader in the production of clean wind energy,
CanWEA believes we can and must reach a target of producing 20 per cent
or more of our electricity from wind. Learn more at www.canwea.ca.
Image with caption: "Wind energy industry leaders discuss the wind energy experience in Ontario, October 8, 2013. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131009_C8434_PHOTO_EN_31884.jpg
Image with caption: "Robert Hornung, president, CanWEA welcomes delegates during CanWEA's opening plenary, October 8, 2013. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131009_C8434_PHOTO_EN_31882.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association
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