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. Ontario also added 11 installations to the province’s current wind fleet—an additional 420 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.
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.
Number of Installations: 90
Number of Wind Turbines: 2,465
Total Installed Capacity (MW): 4,781
Average Turbine Capacity (MW): 1.94
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