Wind energy is one of the fastest growing major sources of new electricity around the world. When CanWEA set a target of 10,000 MW of wind energy in Canada in 2000, there was only 137 MW of installed wind energy capacity operating across the country. In May of 2015, Canada surpassed the 10,000 MW threshold, one of only seven countries in the world to do so. Over the last five years, Canada’s wind energy capacity has grown by an average of 24 per cent annually and 2015 is on track to exceed this average for new installations.
With a world-class wind resource, we are just scratching the surface of our clean wind potential. Canada needs a variety of new energy to meet our growing electricity demand and to help reduce the impact of greenhouse gas emissions from our electricity sector. Wind energy will play an increasing role in delivering clean, safe and affordable power to Canadians.
It’s time for Canadians to start thinking big about wind energy, to power a greener future and to capture our fair share of the opportunities flowing from the world-wide growth in this industry. For Canada to be a world leader, CanWEA believes we can and must reach a target of producing 20 per cent or more of our electricity from clean wind energy.
Achieving this vision will pay huge dividends for local communities and provincial economies:
To make WindVision 2025 a reality, CanWEA is calling on the federal and provincial governments to establish policies and programs that address five priorities:
Find out how this infinite source of clean energy will power Canada’s future, create new jobs, and reduce our impact on the environment.
Canada’s National Wind Resource Map
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)
Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
Wind Energy Institute of Canada
Wind Energy TechnoCentre