Toronto—Wind energy will show record development in Canada for 2009, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), which opened its annual conference and exhibition in Toronto on September 20.
The event drew 2,000 delegates and 235 exhibitors from Canada, the US and around the world.
Stats announced at the event show wind energy projects in Canada total 790 MW. By year’s end, the country will have 3,159 MW of installed capacity—with developments in every province. By comparison, the US has 25,000 MW.
Canada ranks 12th in the world in terms of installed wind energy capacity and percentage of electricity generated from wind. Wind supplies about one percent of Canada’s electricity demand, with enough power to meet the needs of 860,000 homes.
"Canada’s wind energy industry is one step closer to reaching its goal of providing 20 per cent of the country’s electricity needs by 2025. Achieving this goal will generate about $80 billion (CDN) in investment, create more than 50,000 new jobs, and provide economic development opportunities for rural communities throughout Canada," said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA.
Wind energy is one of the fastest growing sources of electricity in Canada, according to CanWEA. Growth is being driven by governments looking to meet increasing energy demands without producing greenhouse gases, while also stimulating rural and industrial development.