Building a Stronger, Cleaner and More Affordable Power System in Ontario
Ontario remains Canada’s leader in clean wind energy with 4,781 MW of installed capacity, supplying approximately five per cent of the province’s electricity demand. In 2016, Ontario added 8 installations to the province’s current wind fleet—an additional 413 MW to current generation capacity.
In 2014, Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation. By replacing that generation with new renewable sources of energy, like wind and solar, it has positioned itself to lead Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy. Ontario’s investments have helped drive a 90 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from its electricity sector since 2003, protecting the province from unpredictable, but inevitable, carbon cost increases over the long-term and ensuring consumers won’t be held hostage to volatile fossil fuel prices. It has built a clean, reliable, affordable and modern grid with the flexibility to respond to changing economic and environmental circumstances.
At the same time, Ontario’s wind industry has created thousands of well paying, much-needed jobs in manufacturing, construction and local services. Across the province, wind energy projects are delivering new income to landowners, new property tax revenue to municipalities and new funding for community-based initiatives. In addition, Ontario, with 40 per cent of Canada’s installed wind energy capacity, is at the heart of a growing wind turbine operations and maintenance business in Canada.
Ontario’s next long-term energy plan, to be released in 2017, will need to build on the gains the province has made. Meeting its aggressive greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 80 per cent by 2050 will require Ontario to continue to prioritize emissions-free generation, and use the electricity to power all sectors of its economy, from transportation to industrial processes. Fortunately, there are enormous untapped wind resources across Ontario that are economically competitive and can be deployed quickly at whatever scale is required to match load growth. As a low-carbon, low-cost and low-risk source of power, wind energy has an important and ongoing role to play.
Wind by the numbers in Ontario (December 2016)
Number of Installations: 90
Number of Wind Turbines: 2,465
Total Installed Capacity (MW): 4,781
Average Turbine Capacity (MW): 1.94
- Wind Dividends: Analysis of the Economic Impacts from Ontario’s Wind Procurements provides an analysis of the economic impacts of Ontario’s investments in wind energy. Between 2006 and 2030, Ontario’s past and planned investments in wind energy will create 73,000 direct and direct full-time equivalent (FTE) years of employment, generate $5.1 billion in direct and indirect wages and benefits, contribute $7 billion to the province’s GDP, and stimulate $14 billion in investment. Download the Wind Dividends executive summary
- Green energy is very popular in Ontario. Recent polling done by EKOS found that 81 per cent of Ontarians want to see more renewable energy in the future. And 74 per cent of Ontarians supported the move away from coal toward wind and solar energy.
- Suspending the second phase of large renewable procurement is a missed opportunity for the province. Fortunately, the province is about to review its Long Term Energy Plan and the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) will play an active role in this engagement. Ontario was an early leader in wind energy integration and remains in a position to benefit from the global surge in renewable power and move to decarbonization. Ontario must continue to invest in renewable energy.
- CanWEA’s Ontario Wind. For My Community. brochure shares stories of Ontario communities that are profiting from new income for rural landowners, new tax revenues, and new employment opportunities for trades people and contractors that playing host to wind energy projects provides.
- In December 2016, CanWEA made its submission to the Ontario government in response to the consultation on Ontario’s next Long-Term Energy Plan, expected to be released in Spring 2017. Ontario’s next LTEP will need to build on the gains the province has made in its transition to more renewable energy if it is to address the rising costs of electricity in the province, and at the same time meet its greenhouse gas emission targets. View the news release.
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