Cost-competitive wind energy continues to deliver major benefits to
TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Wind energy must continue to be a vital
component of Ontario's electricity system as the government remains on
its path toward a cleaner energy future. In 2012 - for the first time
ever - more electricity was generated in Ontario using wind than coal.
These were the messages delivered through his opening address as Robert
Hornung, Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) president launched
CanWEA's 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario.
"Today, Ontario has a broad range of options for new electricity
generation but few that match the requirement for affordability, economic development potential, environmental
sustainability, diversification, reliability and rate base value as compellingly as wind energy," stated Robert Hornung. "In addition,
new wind energy development will continue to provide Ontario's wind
energy supply and value chains with a core domestic market that will
allow it to maintain and build upon its current investments in
Ontario's green energy economy."
By the end of 2014, Ontario will be the first jurisdiction in North
America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. Today,
Ontario's more than 1,200 wind turbines generate over 2,200 megawatts
of electricity - enough to power over 550,000 homes. Every 1,000 MW of
new wind energy drives more than $2 billion in investments, creates
10,500 person-years of employment, and provides enough clean power for
over 300,000 average Canadian homes.
"Wind energy is a reliable and cost-effective partner as provinces
across Canada pledge to diversify and clean their electricity
supplies," added Robert Hornung. "Ontario's progressive approach to
renewable energy development has successfully attracted billions in new
investment, provided significant economic benefits to local communities
and helped provide new opportunities for the manufacturing sector."
CanWEA is committed to ensuring that wind energy is an important element
of the Ontario government's revised Long Term Energy Plan that is being
developed this Fall.
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: "Ontario Power Authority CEO, Colin Andersen provides the opening plenary keynote address at CanWEA's 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition, setting the stage for a morning that will shine the spotlight on Canada's largest wind energy market. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131008_C8085_PHOTO_EN_31836.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association
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