Wind energy is good news for Ontario
April 23, 2015
Wind energy provides many benefits to the residents of Ontario and the wind energy industry has a very good story to tell about its role in greening the grid, balancing electricity rates and modernizing the way we all use and rely on our electricity supply.
Part of my job as the Ontario Regional Director for CanWEA is to share these good news stories. It’s actually a little more strategic than that because the complexity of our electricity sector in Ontario requires complex and increasing communication from industry and government alike.
The fact is, the Ontario electricity sector has been in transition for years now and it is important that citizens have access to credible facts and resources to help navigate the ins and outs and ups and downs of how wind energy is contributing to the Ontario electricity supply mix for the better.
In Ontario the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is responsible for managing Ontario’s whole power system, renewable energy is a growing component of this. For a brief snapshot video of how the IESO manages wind in Ontario hear Kim Warren, Vice-President, Market and System Operations and COO for the IESO, talk about the growth of wind energy in the province and how the system operator is successfully managing its integration onto the grid.
As the voice of the wind energy industry in Canada, CanWEA is dedicated to actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. We do this by engaging citizens and encouraging them to share their ideas with others, including governments. As Ontario embarks upon putting forth a serious strategy to tackle climate change, we all need to do a better job of telling the story of the successes that wind energy has achieved and is well positioned to continue to accomplish.
In what is currently the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America, the province has phased out coal fired electricity generation. That’s equivalent to taking seven million cars off the road! Ontario’s current long-term energy plan (LTEP) envisions no further deployment of renewable energy sources after 2021. Further updates to the plan will need to be driven by climate considerations and the fact remains that a low-carbon electricity system can enable emissions reductions in other sectors like transportation and space heating. Wind energy is an essential component of enabling such a system and though the industry has accomplished a lot, there are still so many gains to be made that would benefit the health and well-being of Ontarians while stabilizing electricity rates for years to come.
As Canada’s leading source of information on wind energy’s social, economic, health and environmental benefits for Canadian communities and provincial economies, CanWEA created windfacts.ca to encourage people to ask questions about wind energy. The portal provides fact-based answers to help us all make informed decisions about our energy future. I encourage you to review this website and if you have any questions, please visit the questions page and ask us! We want to hear from you and can help find answers to your questions citing the most credible information sources.
Let this be a challenge to you to share your ideas, talk to people about wind energy and most importantly spread the good news about its benefits.
Visit windfacts.ca/ontario today.
Featured Photo © Siemens Canada Limited
Ontario Regional Director at the Canadian Wind Energy Association