OTTAWA, March 6, 2012 /CNW/ - A high 78 per cent of Ontarians say wind
energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation according
to a recent Oracle Research poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind
Energy Association (CanWEA). The poll was conducted between February
22-29 and has a margin for error of +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of
"This poll indicates that the majority of Ontarians clearly believe wind
energy is a safe form of electricity generation despite a minority
voice that suggests otherwise. We will continue to ensure wind energy
is developed in a safe and responsible manner for the benefit of all
Ontarians," said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA.
Ontario is the current provincial leader with close to 2,000 MW of
installed wind energy capacity - enough to power over 600,000 homes in
Ontario. In fact, 2011 was a record year for wind energy development in
Ontario with the installation of 522 MW across the province.
"It is time to embrace renewable energy in all of its forms, including
solar and wind powered energy. Ontarians with asthma and other chronic
lung disease are already benefiting from the closure of coal plants and
looking forward to the decommissioning of the last one as soon as
possible," said Dr. Robert Oliphant, President and CEO, Asthma Society
of Canada, in a statement. "If for no other reason, we should support
renewable energy generation because it does not harm the air we
breathe. In all forms, renewable energy is a safe and healthy
alternative to fossil fuels."
Wind energy projects bring direct investment, new high-value jobs, and
economic growth to rural areas as well as a new source of taxes for
"New jobs and investment from wind energy mean a brighter future for our local economy. Farmers, landowners and
municipalities have the opportunity to participate in Ontario's
world-leading green energy economy. By using a small amount of land, we
provide the clean energy that Ontarians want and realize very localized
benefits at the same time. I'm proud that Chatham-Kent is on the
cutting-edge of seeking new economic opportunities," said Chatham-Kent
Mayor Randy Hope.
LOCAL JOBS AND INVESTMENTS
According to a report by ClearSky Advisors, Ontario is expected to
install more than 5,600 MW of new, clean wind energy capacity by 2018,
creating 80,000 person-years of employment, attracting $16.4 billion of
private investments (with more than half of that invested in the
province), and contributing more than $1.1 billion of revenue to
municipalities and landowners in the form of taxes and lease payments
over the 20-year lifespan of the projects.
"Wind energy has created thousands of jobs for our IBEW members and
affiliate organizations in Ontario and is providing green electricity
for the families of the many communities we live in. These highly
skilled jobs help build our local economies and provide new work
opportunities for our future generation," said Phil Flemming,
International Vice-President of the International Brotherhood of
Electrical Workers (IBEW).
Ontario's stable policy for wind energy has attracted millions of
dollars in new investments and jobs in manufacturing in areas of the
province hit hard by economic challenges.
"We have established an office in Toronto and look forward to continuing
to provide jobs and investments as we help build wind and other
renewable energy projects throughout Canada. Ontario, specifically, is
a growing market and with a stable, long-term policy, the wind industry
will continue to provide significant economic benefits to communities
throughout Ontario and beyond," said Mark Donahue, Vice-President and
General Manager of Mortenson Construction.
The poll can be found online at: http://www.canwea.ca/wind-energy/talkingaboutwind_e.php.
About the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
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 420 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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