Wind Energy: 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.  In 2012 – for the first time ever – more electricity was generated in Ontario using wind than coal. By the end of 2014, Ontario was the first jurisdiction in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity generation.

Wind energy is helping Ontario build a stronger, cleaner and affordable power system: creating new highly-skilled jobs and delivering local benefits at prices that are cost-competitive with other new sources of electricity. Ontario is a leader in new installations of clean wind energy, with over 870 MW of new capacity delivered in 2015, worth close to $1 billion in new investments. Thousands of well paying, much-needed jobs have been created in places like Windsor, Tillsonburg and Niagara, in manufacturing, construction and local services.

In December 2013, the Minister of Energy released Ontario’s latest Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) – the LTEP provides targets of 600 MW of wind energy procurement under the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) Program. Up to 300 MW of wind energy is set to be contracted under LRP I, with an additional 300 MW under LRP II in 2016. The LRP is a competitive procurement process that considers input from stakeholders, municipalities and Aboriginal communities to help identify appropriate locations and siting requirements. The LTEP also identifies the potential for additional procurement opportunities in a third round of LRP post 2016.

Visit the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s WindFacts Ontario webpage for more facts, infographics and pictures related to wind energy in Ontario.

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

Additional Resources 

An Analysis of the Economic Impacts from Ontario’s Wind Procurements
Wind Dividends: An Analysis of the Economic Impacts from Ontario’s Wind Procurements provides an analysis of the economic impacts of Ontario’s investments in wind energy. Based on this analysis, Ontario’s past and future investments in wind energy will result in the following economic impacts between 2006 and 2030:

  • 73,000 Direct and Indirect Full Time Equivalents (FTE)
  • $5.1 Billion Direct and Indirect Earnings
  • $7 Billion Direct and Indirect GDP
  • $14 Billion in Investment

Download the Wind Dividends Executive Summary document.

Wind. For My Community.
Wind energy is providing clean, affordable power and investments for Ontario. Successful host communities are being further sustained by growth in incomes for rural landowners, new tax revenues, and employment opportunities for trades people and contractors. Visit Wind. For My Community. to see just a few of Ontario’s success stories.

2014 Nanos Research Survey
The 2014 Nanos Research survey shows Ontarians have a highly positive perception of wind energy as an environmentally-friendly and safe source of large-scale electricity generation for communities, businesses and industries across the province.

In the minds of Ontarians, wind energy is an important part of our energy future (81%), has a solid international track record (73%) and should be part of a diversified electricity portfolio (84%).

Community Engagement and Public Consultation
Effective and meaningful community engagement is fundamental to the success of a wind energy project and ultimately to the success of the industry nationally.

CanWEA’s Best Practices in Community Engagement and Public Consultation guide has been designed to support wind energy project developers in continuously improving their work with local communities while ensuring that they meet and strive to exceed provincial requirements for public consultation.

CanWEA offers additional technical information and full reports to its members. Visit the members only website and browse through CanWEA’s extensive Resource Library today.  Not a member?  To learn more visit CanWEA’s membership page or email sales@canwea.ca.

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