OTTAWA, Sept. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to have provided its comments via an official submission to the Ontario Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP) Review.
"Today, Ontario has a broad 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," states CanWEA president, Robert Hornung. "In addition, new wind energy development will continue to provide Ontario's wind energy supply and value chains with a core domestic market that will allow it to maintain and build upon its current investments in Ontario's green energy economy."
It is imperative that wind energy opportunities are further committed to in an updated Long Term Energy Plan that provides stable long term targets for wind energy procurement in the province of Ontario. Ontario's long-term energy plan will need to pursue cost-effective options for new electricity supply that continue to recognize the importance of greenhouse gas emission reductions. Wind energy is well positioned to meet these objectives.
CanWEA strongly recommends that 2,000 MW of new wind energy be procured over a 4 year period, beginning in 2014.Looking beyond 2018, CanWEA believes the government should identify in the LTEP a long-term target of a minimum of 15 per cent of electricity demand being met by wind by 2031.
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 on behalf of its 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. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and for insight on industry issues join the conversation at www.windfacts.ca.
For Canada to be a world leader in the production of clean wind energy, CanWEA believes we can and must reach a target of producing 20 per cent or more of our electricity from wind. The document WindVision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future is available at www.canwea.ca.
SOURCE: CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION
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