Canada Closes in on 12GW of Wind


Ontario led the way in new installations in 2016, the province contributing 413MW of the country’s net total of 702MW, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).

Canada’s total wind power capacity at the end of last year stood just shy of 12GW at 11,898MW.

Quebec installed three new projects amounting to 249MW, while Nova Scotia added 39.5MW across ten small community projects.

Alberta’s installed capacity fell by 16MW in 2016 with the decommissioning of the 57-turbine Cowley Ridge wind farm, Canada’s first commercial wind project.

“More wind energy has been built in Canada in the last 11 years than any other form of electricity generation, and for good reason,” said CanWEA president Robert Hornung.

“The fact that the vast majority of new wind energy projects built in Canada in 2016 had some form of local ownership demonstrates the value of wind not only as a driver of economic growth, but also as a source of local jobs and revenue in communities right across the country,” he said.

CanWEA forecasts around 700MW of new wind capacity to be added in 2017.

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