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Canada adds 702 MW of new wind energy capacity

Staff Writer |
Canada’s wind energy industry had another year of strong growth in 2016, adding 702 MW of new capacity through the commissioning of 21 projects in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

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Sixteen of these projects are owned, at least in part, by aboriginal or local communities, or municipal governments.

Canada now has 11,898 MW of installed wind generation capacity, enough to supply six percent of Canada’s electricity demand and meet the annual electricity needs of more than three million homes.

Wind energy and natural gas are the two most cost-competitive sources of new electricity generation in Canada today and wind energy has been the largest source of new electricity generation in Canada since 2005.

Between 2012 and 2016, Canada’s installed wind energy capacity has grown by an average of 18 per cent, or 1,327 MW annually.

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) expects Canada to install approximately 700 MW of new wind energy capacity in 2017.

New wind energy procurement in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2017, coupled with a renewed focus in Canada on actions to transition to a low carbon economy, mean that wind energy’s growth prospects will remain strong in Canada for many years to come.


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