Projected growth in wind energy means 12,500 new jobs and $12.5 Billion
in new investment by 2018
OTTAWA, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's continued commitment to
wind energy as outlined in its directive to the OPA announced today
sends a clear signal to investors that Ontario aims to be a leader in
creating clean energy and new jobs, says the Canadian Wind Energy
Association (CanWEA). The Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) calls for an
increase to 10,700 MW of renewable energy in Ontario and new
transmission system upgrades to support them. Wind energy represents a
significant majority of this development.
"Wind energy's growing contribution to Ontario's electricity supply is
creating jobs and economic opportunities right now for manufacturers,
service providers, landowners and rural municipalities in Ontario,"
said CanWEA president Robert Hornung. "Reaffirming the government's
target for new wind energy supply and proceeding quickly with new
contracts for wind energy projects and necessary transmission system
upgrades will strengthen investor confidence that Ontario is a good
place to do business."
Growing from the current 1,598 MW of wind energy capacity to
approximately 7,000 MW by 2018 represents more than 450 per cent
growth. This means a minimum of 12,500 jobs created to support industry
construction and operations to 2018, more than $12.5 billion in new
investment for the province, and roughly $22 million in annual lease
payments to landowners and an equal amount in tax benefits to
"The wind energy industry looks forward to the awarding of new wind
energy contracts and working co-operatively with government and the
Ontario Power Authority to achieve this target and to move beyond it
after 2018," said Hornung. "We will also continue to work to ensure
that wind energy development in communities is both responsible and
Wind energy has increased 10-fold in the last six years in Canada as
governments seek ways to meet rising energy demand, reduce
environmental impacts of electricity generation, and stimulate rural
and industrial economic development. Canada currently has 4,155 MW of
installed wind energy capacity. Ontario is the provincial leader in
installed wind energy capacity with 1,598 of wind energy development.
Quebec and Alberta follow at 663 MW and 806 MW respectively, and
Canada's remaining seven provinces together account for the remainder .
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is a non-profit industry
association representing more than 450 members of the wind energy
industry, including wind turbine manufacturers, component suppliers,
wind energy project developers and a broad range of service providers
to the industry. CanWEA's mission is to support the responsible and
sustainable development of wind energy in Canada.
Robert Hornung is available for media interviews.
SOURCE CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
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