Wind Energy: British Columbia’s Low-Cost Clean and Renewable Choice
With abundant, world-class wind resources, BC is poised to be a national leader in wind energy, powering the province’s fast-growing demand for energy with emissions-free electricity while creating jobs and delivering local benefits. Wind energy integration is a key component of a stronger, cleaner and more affordable power system for BC families and businesses.
British Columbia’s first wind farm started commercial operations in November 2009. Today, the province has almost 500 MW of installed wind energy capacity, ranking fifth in Canada and supplying nearly 2 per cent of the province’s domestic electricity demand.
BC’s energy demand is set to increase by the end of this decade with new mines, expanding natural gas extraction and liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. The Government of BC has signaled its intention to ensure BC has the “cleanest LNG in the world” by taking advantage of clean energy to power new LNG plants. The BC Government also intends to create new opportunities for independent power producers and First Nations.
CanWEA’s WindVision 2025: A Strategy for British Columbia demonstrates that BC will require more electricity generation to meet in-province needs. The document links the compatibility of wind energy with the province’s existing clean energy targets and British Columbians’ expectations for cost-competitive, low-impact, zero-emission electricity.
Wind by the numbers in BC (September 2015)
Number of Installations: 5
Number of Wind Turbines: 217
Total Installed Capacity (MW): 489
Average Turbine Capacity (MW): 2.25
Wind energy is powering BC with emissions-free electricity while creating jobs, delivering local economic benefits and providing opportunities for First Nations. Download the Wind. For My Community Brochure to read just a few of BC’s success stories.
Assessment of the Estimated Wind Energy Costs in British Columbia Prepared for CanWEA by GL Garrad Hassan – The cost of developing clean wind energy has dropped significantly in the past three years while technology improvements have increased productivity, an analysis by GL Garrad Hassan has found.
GHG Reductions from Enhanced Electrification of Potential New Industrial Demand in British Columbia prepared for CanWEA by the Pembina Institute – The report determines the potential GHG reductions that would result from fully electrifying new industrial developments in the province with clean and renewable grid-based electricity.
Review of CanWEA’s BC WindVision Analysis prepared for CanWEA by ClearkSky Advisors Inc. – ClearSky Advisors were asked to critique CanWEA’s BC WindVision and found the analysis to present reasonable and conservative estimates for the economic benefits of a wind energy sector in BC.
Additional Industrial Electricity Load Growth in BC to 2025 prepared for CanWEA by Steve Davis & Associates Consulting Ltd. – CanWEA commissioned this report to inform its BC WindVision 2025 analysis with a forecast of the market for wind energy in BC in both 2017 and 2025.
British Columbians want energy independence and strongly support more wind energy as a source of clean electricity, poll finds – 2011 Oracle Research poll commissioned by CanWEA