Statistics released by Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) show record hydroelectric production and lower peak demand for electricity in 2008. In addition, the output of wind generation jumped significantly for the second year in a row, with a 35% increase compared to 2007 – a result of new wind farms coming online.
‘In 2009, we expect wind energy will set another record, with total production surpassing 2 TWh,’ says Paul Murphy, president and CEO of IESO.
Ontario's annual energy use was 148 TWh, down by 2.3% compared to 2007, due to milder weather, economic conditions and increased conservation efforts. Coal production was 23.2 TWh in 2008, which is the lowest since 1996 and represents a drop of 18% from the 28.1% TWh produced in 2007.
SOURCE: Independent Electricity System Operator