Ontario

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Building a Stronger, Cleaner and More Affordable Power System in Ontario 

Ontario is Canada’s leader in clean wind energy with 4,361 MW of installed capacity, supplying approximately five per cent of the province’s electricity demand. The province also led the country in new installations in 2015, adding 870 MW to its grid and bringing nearly $1 billion in new investment to the province.

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.

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 2015)

Number of Installations:                               79
Number of Wind Turbines:                           2,302
Total Installed Capacity (MW):                     4,361
Average Turbine Capacity (MW):                 1.89

Learn More

  • 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.

Useful Links

Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)
Ontario Ministry of Energy
Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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