OTTAWA, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA) is pleased the 2013 Ontario Electricity Data report of Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) confirms
that the production of wind energy in Ontario has doubled over the past
four years and that wind energy is poised to reach critical mass in
meeting Ontario's electricity supply needs.
In the Electricity Data report released on January 8, the IESO confirms
the annual production of wind energy in Ontario has risen from 2.3 TWh
to 5.2 TWh between 2009 and 2013. Based on data from the IESO and the
Ontario Ministry of Energy, this means that in 2013, Ontario wind farms
produced electricity equivalent to the power needs of close to 550,000
average Ontario homes.
CanWEA president Robert Hornung says that the IESO believes the
contribution of wind energy to Ontario's electricity supply will
increase even more significantly in the next couple of years as new
wind energy projects come on line.
"We believe that future electricity supply in Ontario should be drawn
from a balanced mix of new wind energy, in combination with natural gas
and other renewable energy sources, to ensure that Ontario has a
reliable, robust and cost-competitive electricity system," he says.
Mr. Hornung adds that governments across Canada and in advanced
economies around the world appreciate the importance of blending
increasing amounts of wind energy in the electricity supply because of
its economic and environmental benefits.
"The 100 communities across Canada that host wind energy operations,
developments and businesses, as well as Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan
(LTEP), recognize that wind energy is a proven, reliable and
cost-competitive energy solution that drives economic diversification,
environmental sustainability and rate-base value," he says.
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. A national
non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada's leading source of
credible information on wind energy and its social, economic and
environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation at windfacts.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association
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