The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) says that Canada has officially become the 12th country in the world to surpass 2,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity. Wind currently supplies about 1% of the country's electricity demand, with 85 wind farms representing approximately 2,246 MW of generating capacity.
Global leaders in installed wind energy capacity include Germany, with 23,300 MW; the U.S., with 20,413 MW; Spain, with 15,900 MW; China, with 9,000 MW; and India, with 8,757 MW. Over the past 10 years, global wind energy capacity has continued to grow at an average cumulative rate of over 32%. Between now and 2020, close to $1 trillion in global investment is projected to bring global installed capacity to well over 500,000 MW.
‘Surpassing the 2,000 MW mark represents a significant milestone for the wind energy industry in Canada,’ says Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA. ‘We believe, however, that we have only scratched the surface in terms of the role wind energy can and must play in Canada's clean energy future.’
Ontario is the current provincial leader with installed wind energy capacity of 781 MW. Quebec follows with 531 MW; Alberta, with 524 MW; Saskatchewan, with 171 MW; Manitoba, with 103 MW; Prince Edward Island, with 72 MW; and Nova Scotia, with 61 MW. Over the coming year, it is anticipated that every province will be generating some electrical power from wind.
SOURCE: Canadian Wind Energy Association