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GLOBAL RENEWABLES ONLINE - APRIL 2012
NEWS
WIND NEWS
CANADA ON TRACK TO INSTALL
MORE THAN 1,500 MW OF NEW
WIND ENERGY CAPACITY IN A
RECORD SETTING 2012
OTTAWA - Canada will enjoy an-
other record year for wind energy
development in 2012 with the ad-
dition of approximately 1,500 MW
of new installed capacity, accord-
ing to the Canadian Wind Energy
Association (CanWEA). The projec-
tion was highlighted in the five-year
industry forecast published today
by the Global Wind Energy Coun-
cil (GWEC) at Europe’s largest wind
energy conference in Copenhagen.
Canada’s wind energy industry en-
joyed a record year in 2011 with ap-
proximately 1,267 MW of new wind
energy capacity representing an
investment of $3.1 billion and cre-
ating 13,000 person-years of em-
ployment. Canada was in 6th place
globally in terms of new installed
wind energy capacity in 2011 and
currently has 5,403 MW of total in-
stalled capacity - enough to power
more than 1.2 million homes. Can-
ada’s wind energy industry is now
on track to easily surpass 10,000
MW of total installed capacity by
2015 - providing new opportuni-
ties for Canadian manufacturers
and bringing significant levels of
new investment, jobs and economic
benefits to rural communities and
landowners across the country.
“Canada, and in particular Ontario,
has emerged as a very competitive
destination for wind energy invest-
ment globally. This industry rep-
resents billions of dollars in new
investments across the manufac-
turing and construction sectors.
Wind energy is playing a growing
role in delivering clean, safe and af-
fordable energy as provinces look
to build stronger electricity sys-
tems. Maintaining this growth and
momentum will require continued
commitments to aggressive targets
for wind energy development and a
stable policy framework,” said Rob-
ert Hornung, President of CanWEA.
In North America, just over 50,000
MW is expected to be installed in
2012-2016, bringing its total to just
over 100,000 MW of wind energy
at the end of the period. GWEC ex-
pects a strong 2012 for North Amer-
ica as both Canada and Mexico
project well over 1,000 MW of wind
energy capacity to be installed -
complementing another strong year
for the US which began the year
with more than 8,000 MW under
construction. The global wind en-
ergy industry will install more than
46,000 MW of new wind energy ca-
pacity in 2012. Overall, GWEC proj-
ects average annual market growth
rates of about 8 per cent for the
next five years. Total new installa-
tions for the 2012-2016 period are
expected to reach 255,000 MW. A
significant portion of this growth
will be driven by China, India and
Brazil, with important contribu-
tions also coming from new markets
in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
The top 10 global leaders for new in-
stalled capacity in 2011: PR China
(17,631MW), USA (6,810MW), India
(3,019 MW), Germany (2,086 MW),
UK (1,293MW), Canada (1,267MW),
Spain (1,050 MW), Italy (950 MW),
France (830MW), Sweden (763MW).
About CanWEA CanWEA is the
voice of Canada’s wind energy in-
dustry, actively promoting the re-
sponsible and sustainable growth
of wind energy on behalf of its more
than 420 members. A national non-
profit association, CanWEA serves
as Canada’s leading source of cred-
ible information about wind energy
and its social, economic and envi-
ronmental benefits. To join other
global leaders in the wind energy
industry, CanWEA believes Can-
ada can and must reach its target
of producing 20 per cent or more of
the country’s electricity from wind
by 2025. The document Wind Vi-
sion 2025 - Powering Canada’s Fu-
ture is available at www.canwea.ca.
CITIZENS TO PROTEST AT WIND
INDUSTRY FORUM
TORONTO - Citizens from across
Ontario gathered in downtown To-
ronto in April to protest the On-
tario government’s Feed In Tariff or
“FIT” program which rewards wind
power developers with generous
subsidies from Ontario taxpayers.
The result of FIT, organizers say,
has been unbridled and unnec-