A new report from Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) shows that the production of wind energy in the province has doubled over the past four years.
In the Electricity Data report released on Jan. 8, the IESO confirms the annual production of wind energy in Ontario has risen from 2.3 TWh to 5.2 TWh between 2009 and 2013. Citing data from the IESO and the Ontario Ministry of Energy, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) says this means that in 2013, Ontario wind farms produced electricity equivalent to the power needs of close to 550,000 average Ontario homes.
Robert Hornung, CanWEA president, says the IESO believes the contribution of wind energy to Ontario's electricity supply will increase even more significantly in the next couple of years as new wind projects come online.
He adds that governments across Canada and in advanced economies around the world appreciate the importance of blending increasing amounts of wind energy in the electricity supply because of its economic and environmental benefits.Â
"The 100 communities across Canada that host wind energy operations, developments and businesses, as well as Ontario's Long Term Energy Plan (LTEP), recognize that wind energy is a proven, reliable and cost-competitive energy solution that drives economic diversification, environmental sustainability and rate-base value," Hornung says.