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:

  • Generating $79 billion of investment that will make Canada’s wind energy sector a real player in a $1.8 trillion global wind industry
  • Creating at least 52,000 high quality, full-time jobs including many in rural communities
  • Producing $165 million in new annual revenues for municipalities
  • Adding 55,000 MW of clean generating capacity that will strengthen our electrical grids and head off potential power shortages
  • Stabilizing electricity prices because unlike other energy sources like natural gas there is no price volatility and risk to consumers from rising energy supply costs
  • Cutting Canada’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by 17 Megatonnes

To make WindVision 2025 a reality, CanWEA is calling on the federal and provincial governments to establish policies and programs that address five priorities:

  • Provide fair value for the environmental attributes of wind energy
  • Enhance wind energy procurement processes
  • Provide incentives to manufacturers of wind power equipment
  • Plan and build ‘wind-friendly’ transmission infrastructure
  • Streamline permitting and approval processes for wind energy projects

Find out how this infinite source of clean energy will power Canada’s future, create new jobs, and reduce our impact on the environment.

WindVision 2025: Summary

WindVision 2025: Backgrounder

Useful Links

Canada’s National Wind Resource Map
American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)
Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC)
Pembina Institute
Wind Energy Institute of Canada
Bullfrog Power
Wind Energy TechnoCentre