OTTAWA, March 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Last week, Ontario's Independent
Electricity System Operator (IESO) reported in its 18-month Outlook
that the connection of new wind and other renewable energy is being
achieved without any impact on the reliability of Ontario's electricity system.
IESO stated late last week that the retirement of coal-fired generation
combined with transmission-ready renewable wind and solar power has put
downward pressure on peak demands on the electricity system without
impacting reliability. As Canada's leader in clean wind energy, Ontario
has more than 2,400 MW of installed capacity, supplying over 3 per cent
of the province's electricity demand.
"Procuring a stable and steady stream of wind energy complements
Ontario's new energy conservation measures, and provides the province
with unprecedented flexibility to align electricity supply needs with changing economic and environmental circumstances,"
said Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association
(CanWEA). "Progressive governments around the world know that
continuing to integrate new wind energy not only results in a major
contribution to reducing carbon emissions, it improves the reliability
of electricity grids, while ensuring more predictable and stable
electricity prices," he added.
In 2013, the US Energy Information Administration reported that onshore
wind energy is also one of the cheapest forms of new power, and the
National Renewable Energy Laboratory has proven how wind energy
enhances grid reliability.
Today, Ontario has a 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. Wind energy
developments are growing an increasingly diverse, made-in-Ontario
supply and value chains that are fueling new investments and
competitive advantages in Ontario's green energy economy.
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.
Image with caption: "Prince Wind Farm, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario. Courtesy of the Canadian Wind Energy Association's photo library. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140303_C8820_PHOTO_EN_37445.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association
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