Canada moves to 6th place globally for new installed wind energy capacity in 2011
OTTAWA, Feb. 8, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada ranks 6th globally in terms of new installed wind energy capacity and global wind
power capacity grew by 21 per cent in 2011, according to annual
statistics released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The wind
industry installed a record level of just over 41,000 MW of new clean,
reliable wind power in 2011, bringing the total installed capacity
globally to more than 238,000 MW at the end of last year. Today, about
75 countries worldwide have commercial wind power installations, with
22 of them already passing the 1 GW level.
Canada's wind energy industry enjoyed a record year in 2011 with
approximately 1,267 MW of new wind energy capacity added to provincial
grids, representing an investment of $3.1 billion and creating 13,000
person-years of employment. Canada ended 2011 with a total of 5,265 MW
of wind energy installed capacity - placing Canada 9th globally for cumulative capacity. In 2011, new wind energy projects
were built and commissioned in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan,
Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.
"Wind energy in Canada enjoyed a record year in 2011, surpassing the 5,
000 MW milestone. Canada, and in particular Ontario, is emerging as a
very competitive destination for wind energy investment globally.
Maintaining that position will require continued commitments to
aggressive targets for wind energy development and a stable policy
framework. As Canada continues to renew its electricity generation
resources, wind energy will play an ever-increasing part in delivering
reliable, economic and clean electricity", said Robert Hornung,
President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.
Canada's wind energy industry is on pace to easily surpass 10,000 MW of
total installed capacity by 2015
2012 is expected to be another record year for wind development in
Canada with approximately 1,500 MW of new developments expected to come
online in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Prince Edward
Island and Nova Scotia. With similar or higher levels of growth
expected over the next four years, Canada's wind energy industry is on
pace to easily surpass 10,000 MW of total installed capacity by 2015 -
keeping the country on track to meet CanWEA's national WindVision target of supplying 20 per cent of Canada's electricity needs by 2025.
Wind by the numbers
Canada is the 9th largest producer of wind energy in the world with current installed
capacity at 5,265 MW - producing enough power to meet about 2.3 per cent of Canada's total electricity demand.
Canada enjoyed a record year in 2011 with the addition of 1,267 MW of new wind energy capacity to provincial grids, representing an
investment of $3.1 billion and creating 13,000 person-years of employment.
2011 was also a record year for new wind energy installations in Ontario
with more than 500 MW installed by the end of year.
More than 5,000 MW of wind energy projects are already contracted to be built in Canada
over the next five years.
For Canada's current installed capacity, click here: http://www.canwea.ca/images/uploads/File/NRCan_-_Fact_Sheets/canwea-factsheet-economic-web.pdf
For global wind energy statistics, click here: http://www.gwec.net/fileadmin/images/News/Press/GWEC_-_Global_Wind_Statistics_2011.pdf
CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting
the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its
more than 440 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. To join other
global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can
and must reach its target of producing 20 per cent or more of the
country's electricity from wind by 2025. The document Wind Vision 2025
- Powering Canada's Future is available at www.canwea.ca
SOURCE CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
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