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Ontario's Liberal Party has chosen former Education Minister Kathleen Wynne as the province's next premier.

Wynne will succeed Dalton McGuinty, who announced his resignation last October, leaving Ontario's wind energy future uncertain.

In a statement, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) congratulated Wynne on her victory and said it looks forward to working with her on clean energy.

"We look forward to engaging with Premier-designate Wynne and working collaboratively to ensure Ontario continues to attract new investments, create new manufacturing jobs and provide Ontarians with the clean and flexible electricity system they want," said Robert Hornung, CanWEA’s president. "As Canada's leader in the production of wind energy, Ontario now meets about three percent of its electricity demand with wind.

“The growth of wind energy has injected hundreds of millions of dollars into communities across the province, allowed landowners and farmers to participate directly in a clean energy economy, helped once-ailing manufacturing facilities diversify, and provided good, homegrown jobs for college graduates,” he added. “With a stable policy environment, wind energy can deliver even more benefits to Ontario.”

Ontario currently has over 2 GW of installed wind energy capacity, which is enough to power 600,000 average homes, according to CanWEA.


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