June 15 is Global Wind Day: Celebrate the success of wind energy
May 15, 2019
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In Canada and around the world, wind energy is providing more affordable and clean energy than ever before.
Every year, June 15 is Global Wind Day, a day to celebrate the incredible momentum of wind energy.
Today, wind energy is installed in more than 90 countries around the world and is one of the fastest-growing, lowest-cost forms of energy. It continues to make positive and lasting contributions to the economy, communities and environment, and has the potential to bring even greater benefits.
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) and WindEurope mark Global Wind Day with an annual global photo competition. This year’s theme is “Future Wind” and it invites photos from around the world that show wind energy as the energy for now and the future.
In Canada, wind energy has been the largest source of new electricity generation over the past decade, with Canada reaching 8th place in the world for total onshore installed capacity of wind energy last year. This growth is no surprise when you look at the price of wind energy.
In the past 10 years, the levelized cost of wind energy has fallen by 69 per cent in the United States. Costs have also dropped significantly in Canada, and a power auction in Alberta, in 2017, established wind energy as the most cost-competitive source of new electricity generation in Canada.
As energy decision-makers look at ways to meet the growing electricity needs of families and businesses, wind power is the compelling choice. In addition to being cost-competitive, it has directly benefited more than 299 communities, including involvement with over 35 Indigenous communities. Wind energy in Canada has attracted more than $23 billion in investment, created over 58,000 person years of employment in construction and operations, and continues to provide annual land lease payments to landowners and contribute property taxes to local municipalities.
It does all of this without consuming or contaminating water or emitting air pollutants or greenhouse gases.
Levels of wind energy integration are going up, and in many jurisdictions around the world, large amounts of wind energy are being reliably and cost-effectively integrated within the electricity grid. Several European countries get a fifth or more of their electricity from wind, while Denmark generates more than half of its electricity from wind turbines.
As the world turns to renewable energy to power a low-carbon future, Canada is fortunate to have an untapped abundance of one of the most environmentally sustainable forms of electricity generation – wind energy.
Currently, wind energy meets approximately 6 per cent of Canada’s electricity demand, producing enough energy to power approximately 3.3 million homes. And it could supply more than one-third of the country’s electricity without compromising grid reliability.
Wind is a resource that is poised to make a major contribution to ensuring that Canada’s future electricity grid is affordable, reliable and environmentally sustainable.
Learn more about Canada’s wind energy success story and wind energy future:
Photo: 2018 Global Wind Day photo contest winner in the Local Impact category. An Indian farmer working in his field next to a Wind turbine in Dhar. Picture taken by Chetan Soni in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh state of India.
Vice-President – Communications and Events at the Canadian Wind Energy Association