OTTAWA, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - CanWEA today applauded Premier Dalton
McGuinty's announcement that Ontario will fully abandon coal-fired
electricity a year ahead of schedule. The province has reduced use of
coal by 90 per cent since 2003 while at the same time bringing online
2,000 MW of clean, emissions-free wind energy.
"The move to eliminate dirty coal from the provincial power system makes
Ontario a North American leader in both environmental performance and
in supporting the development of a clean energy economy," said Robert
Hornung, president of CanWEA. "Ontario is one of North America's wind
energy leaders and every 1,000 MW of new wind energy development
represents more than $2.5 billion in new investment. Our developers,
manufacturers and construction contractors are excited and ready to
help the province continue to build a world-leading power system that
is cleaner and affordable."
According to recent remarks delivered to the Ontario Energy Network
Luncheon by Paul Murphy, President and CEO, Independent Electricity
System Operator (IESO), wind energy's contribution to the Ontario
electricity system continues to climb. At just over three per cent of
electricity supplied in Ontario in 2012, wind energy's contribution has
now surpassed that of coal. Mr. Murphy also noted that the Ontario
Power Authority (OPA) projects non-hydro renewable resources will
supply more than 10 per cent of Ontario's electricity needs by 2015.
Wind energy in Ontario has grown from 400 MW in 2006 to over 2,000 MW
today. In fact, Ontario's wind energy industry continues to create new
jobs for Ontario's manufacturing sector in places like Hamilton,
Niagara, Chatham and Tillsonburg. With political leadership and
continued policy stability, wind energy will deliver on its promise of
providing the clean, safe electricity that Ontarians want.
Wind energy is safe, clean and affordable. It does not emit air
emissions or greenhouse gasses, and leaves no waste products. Wind
energy uses no water in the production of electricity, and helps in our
fight against climate change.
SOURCE: CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
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