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Wind energy foes won't like the sound of this

Tuesday, February 12, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

CANADIAN WIND ENERGY ASSOCIATION

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Global wind energy capacity grows 19 percent in 2012; Canada remains the world's 9th largest wind energy market

New survey shows high public support for further wind development in Ontario and Quebec

OTTAWA (February 12, 2013)  - The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) recently released its 2012 market statistics, showing continued expansion of the market, with global installed wind energy capacity increasing by 19 percent in 2012 to 282,000 MW.

Canada remains a global wind energy leader as it experienced the 9th largest increase in installed capacity in 2012 (936 MW).

Both China and the United States, the world's wind energy leaders, installed more than 13,000 MW of new capacity in 2012.

"While China paused for breath, both the U.S. and European markets had exceptionally strong years," said Steve Sawyer, secretary general of GWEC. "Asia still led global markets, but with North America a close second, and Europe not far behind."

Canada now ranks ninth  globally in total installed capacity with more than 6,500 MW of wind energy in operation - providing enough power to meet the annual needs of almost 2,000,000 Canadian homes.

Ontario is the Canadian leader in the production of clean wind energy with more than 2,000 MW of installed capacity now supplying over 3 percent of the province's electricity demand.

Both Ontario and Quebec will lead the country with new installations of clean wind energy in 2013 as the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) expects to see a record year for new installations with the addition of almost 1,500 MW of new capacity - driving over $3 billion in new investments.

The growth of wind energy development in Ontario and Quebec continues to have strong public support.

A 69 percent majority of Ontarians agreed "Ontario should be a leader in wind and solar energy production," compared to only 20 percent that disagreed, according to the results of a January Oracle Research poll commissioned by CanWEA.

Eleven percent of respondents were neutral on the issue.

The same poll also found that solar and wind energy scored highest in a top-of-mind question about Ontarians' preferred choice for new electricity generation.

A February 9 public opinion poll (available in French only) published in Quebec's Le Devoir newspaper showed 79 percent of respondents support continued wind energy development in that province.

"Wind energy continues to enjoy strong majority support as a choice for new electricity generation in Ontario and Quebec because it is understood to be both good for the environment and a provider of significant economic benefits for local economies that host developments," said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA. "Less well known is the fact that wind energy is also now cost-competitive with virtually every option for new electricity generation. It is for these reasons that wind energy continues to be the fastest growing mainstream source of electricity in the world."

The rapid growth of wind energy in Canada is also reflected south of the border where the American wind industry had its best year ever in 2012, with more than 13,000 MW installed.

The extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) in the U.S. means that although the market will slow substantially in 2013, it is unlikely to be as much of a slowdown as originally expected, said Sawyer.

Other highlights from the global annual market update include:

• Mexico more than doubled its installed capacity, installing 801 MW for a total of 1,370 MW joining the list of countries (now 24) with more than 1,000 MW of wind power capacity

• European markets, led by Germany and the UK, with surprising contributions from 'emerging markets' in Sweden, Romania, Italy and Poland, accounted for 12.4 GW last year, a new record

• Both the Chinese and Indian markets slowed somewhat in 2012, but their annual installations still came in at 13.2 and 2.3 GW respectively

• Brazil led the Latin America market with 1,077 MW, to bring its total installed capacity to just over 2,500 MW, and Australia accounted for all of the new installations in the Pacific region, with 358 MW of new capacity in 2012 for a cumulative total of 2,584 MW.

The full GWEC report is available here.

About CanWEA

CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its almost 400 members.

A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada's leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits.

To join other global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can and must reach its target of producing 20 percent or more of the country's electricity from wind by 2025.

The document Wind Vision 2025 - Powering Canada's Future is available at this website.

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25miller 2/12/2013 1:08:13 PM Report

To bad we as Canadians do not benefit from these wind mills.I is so called cheaper to produce but yet we do not get any power from these wind mills.Our power keeps going up and up..Same on our government for bragging about these.
Beej 2/12/2013 1:21:09 PM Report

It will only keep going up.
I just can't fathom how they continue to get away with charging us almost as much to deliver the power as for the power itself, AND to add insult to injury tack on HST which should not have to be paid on electricity by consumers for heating, cooking, etc.
mallet 2/12/2013 1:25:47 PM Report

What a load of B S, neither wind nor solar will ever be able to maintain power so there will always have to be a back-up system. Why put the farms where there is no demand for power is beyond me, and I am a firm believer in the NIMBY idea, why spoil my outlook and property value for something I am not going to use? Fill the tops of Toronto's building with solar panels and the shore of Lake Ontario with the wind farms, they use the power, let them generate it. These projects bring very little employment value to this area, and as it is in general rural tax that is low, there is little or no value in property tax values either. This is just another grab by power companies for your and my money in increased power bills, all in the name of "Green Energy" it's green alright or should I say beige and green, all the way to the bank for them...
becauseican 2/12/2013 1:30:43 PM Report

25miller

Look at your PUC bill. How much per kwh are they charging you...

...then ask Dean Sayers how much the Ontario tax payer will be subsidizing the Bow Lake Wind Farm...and any other FIT project.

Better yet...ask David O. for some numbers.
learningaswego 2/12/2013 1:32:16 PM Report

spot on, mallet! well said.
streaker 2/12/2013 1:37:19 PM Report

Where was this poll taken in the toronto area. Let them have all the wind and solar farms they want and leave the northern landscape alone and keep it beautiful!!!
These are nothing but eye sores and do not benefit northerners one cent,
other than raise our hydro and ruin our beautiful landscape and tourist attraction.
Another McLiar and Liberal approach on the ontario people.
newcon 2/12/2013 1:51:29 PM Report

To all of the suckers who fell for the global whining hoax...excuse me I meant global warming hoax...be careful of what you ask for because you just might get it.
Newcon
Sam C 2/12/2013 1:59:45 PM Report

25miller... there is no way to direct electricity from a particular source to any particular customer. The electricity produced by wind farms is fed into the grid, adding to the total available power.

streaker... that's the same argument that is heard whenever something new comes along. Northern Ontario is unbelievably vast -- surely there is room for some windmills AND still leave plenty of beautiful vistas for us to enjoy.
keeper 2/12/2013 2:02:21 PM Report

Wind power as a major source of power is a joke,same for solar power. The Ontario government and industry is always flouting its 2000 megawatt capacity,when in reality it is much less. As of right now the whole system is generating 938 Mw.,thats less than 50 Percent capacity on a windy day province wide, lots of days its less than 10 percent.The government keeps pouring our money into this,and giving us higher rates, instead of looking into new investment in the most reliable green power generation available.....hydo electric.
learningaswego 2/12/2013 2:04:45 PM Report

The people that live closest to where the electrical energy is produced, should get a LARGE discount in their energy costs - both of Kwh and delivery charges.

This is what would happen if the provincial government had any brains. It could also prevent much of the NIMBYism that goes on.

For example, if the people who lived within 5 km of the gas plants in S Ont which were cancelled, knew their own electric costs would be 1/2 of the going rates, they may be quite willing to have it built.

Instead, people who live in the GTA make these decisions, and ensure that they themselves don't have to live near them.
Malarkey 2/12/2013 2:06:29 PM Report

This is from an item shared by a friend:

According to the latest research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, electricity from wind power can now be supplied more cheaply in Australia than power from either coal or natural gas — and solar and other forms of renewable energy aren’t far behind.

Older coal-fired power plants from the 70s and 80s still compete at lower prices than renewables — but only because their construction costs have depreciated. For the deployment of any new power generation in Australia, renewables now appear to be the way to go.

Australia currently charges polluters $23 in Australian dollars per metric ton of carbon they emit, but the study concluded that wind power would still undercut fossil fuels even without that correction of the market’s failure to properly build in the costs of carbon pollution:


The study shows that electricity can be supplied from a new wind farm at a cost of [$80 per megawatt hour in Australian dollars], compared to [$143 per megawatt hour] from a new coal plant or [$116 per megawatt hour] from a new baseload gas plant, including the cost of emissions under the Gillard government’s carbon pricing scheme. However even without a carbon price (the most efficient way to reduce economy-wide emissions) wind energy is 14% cheaper than new coal and 18% cheaper than new gas.…

Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s research on Australia shows that since 2011, the cost of wind generation has fallen by 10% and the cost of solar photovoltaics by 29%. In contrast, the cost of energy from new fossil-fuelled plants is high and rising. New coal is made expensive by high financing costs. The study surveyed Australia’s four largest banks and found that lenders are unlikely to finance new coal without a substantial risk premium due to the reputational damage of emissions-intensive investments – if they are to finance coal at all.
So the study expects both coal and natural gas to rise in cost over the next two decades. Among other things, coal power consumes more water than any other source of energy. That will drive up coal’s cost, as fresh water becomes scarcer due to the very climate change driven by coal power’s carbon emissions. And in America, at least, there’s evidence that the major proven natural gas reserves will peak out within the time frame of BNEF’s analysis, rendering the boom in that energy source decidedly temporary.

BNEF’s analysts conclude that by 2020, large-scale solar PV will also be cheaper than coal and gas, when carbon prices are factored in.
khari 2/12/2013 2:07:24 PM Report

Ontario is the second most energy expensive place through out all of NORTH AMERICA!! Hooray!! for wind farms, solar panels and water dams.Wake up people!!
anxious 2/12/2013 2:20:53 PM Report

I support the person that wrote this and feel I am being screwed by the gov't and power co. because if this is such a cost effective method, why are the windmills and solar panels not being put where the most energy is used like in Southern Ontario. Then they might not be so happy to see their view being littered with windmills.

What a load of B S, neither wind nor solar will ever be able to maintain power so there will always have to be a back-up system. Why put the farms where there is no demand for power is beyond me, and I am a firm believer in the NIMBY idea, why spoil my outlook and property value for something I am not going to use? Fill the tops of Toronto's building with solar panels and the shore of Lake Ontario with the wind farms, they use the power, let them generate it. These projects bring very little employment value to this area, and as it is in general rural tax that is low, there is little or no value in property tax values either. This is just another grab by power companies for your and my money in increased power bills, all in the name of "Green Energy" it's green alright or should I say beige and green, all the way to the bank for them
avo13 2/12/2013 2:35:59 PM Report

Newcon do not call global warming a hoax. It is backed by scientific fact. Your ignorance is just as bad as saying vaccines cause autism. Typical uneducated ignorant fool.

That being said, there are many other countries that have been able to make a way bigger push to green/renewable power. Although in Canada it may be difficult to benefit from solar like a more tropical country could, nuclear power still remains a very good option.
Sofahorse 2/12/2013 3:17:29 PM Report

AVO - too bad you had to add your arrogant, name calling opinion to your comment. You could have actually had a valid contribution to the conversation. Instead, you turned to immature name calling because someone has a different outlook on the topic.

SOoooo, the rest of your post becomes another useless rant by a over opinionated keyboard smasher.
Bill_the_Cat 2/12/2013 3:38:32 PM Report

Bird-lovers won't like the sound of that either. But then who wants to get in front of a big green eco-fascist lie.
Bill_the_Cat 2/12/2013 3:41:21 PM Report

Despite his ad hominems, avo is correct: nuclear is the way forward.

That is, assuming the goverments involved tender construction costs properly. Darlington was a nightmare project--and completely unnecessary from a cost-overrun point of view.
avo13 2/12/2013 3:46:45 PM Report

Different outlook? I agree I probably shouldn't have resorted to directly attacking the poster, but I find it super annoying when people talk about stuff they have no idea about.

Nothing I said was in error. There is no evidence to support that global warming is a lie, and I would ask you to think of a proper term to label someone who believes other wise based on zero evidence.
sportsfan17 2/12/2013 4:04:19 PM Report

@ Malarkey

Great post, thanks for bringing the facts to the table! A lot of the posters on here just tend to spout a whole lot of pull without any hard stats to back it up.

@sofahorse

It's not name calling when it's a quite often a fact. Some of the comments on Sootoday are blatantly ignorant, opinionated and not well-thought out. They show an extreme lack of education and research as commenters and are essentially just blowing angry hot air.

@ All angry Sootoday Commenters

http://canmetenergy.nrcan.gc.ca/renewables/wind/2171

http://wise.uwaterloo.ca/

http://www.pembina.org/re/canada

Look what I found and it only took three seconds on Google! Imagine what you or I might find if we took the time to dig a little deeper online or go to the Public or Algoma U library, where I can access thousands of peer-reviewed journals with plenty of information on the subject.

I get that people are angry at electricity bills. I get that people are frustrated by governments. And I get that people are impatient. We live in a world of convenience, where we expect everything to be done instantly for us. But a change from a fossil fuel dependent world isn't going to instantly happen. It's going to take some patience, it's going to take some work and it's going to take a lot of education and research. So get reading!

As ironic as it is, Henry Ford once said "Don't find fault, find a remedy! Anybody can complain." Why not go find that remedy? Because you're complaining is not helping in the least.
Snowdon 2/12/2013 5:41:13 PM Report

Wow sportsfan, an actual intelligent, well-thought out response. Never thought I would live to see the day on here.

Well done!
Bill_the_Cat 2/12/2013 6:07:09 PM Report

Well, there's Goldstein @ the Sun:

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/01/25/blowin-in-the-wind

Not only are the Liberals forcing electricity consumers (us) to spend outrageous amounts of cash buying wind power via the 20-year, no-cut contracts they’ve signed with the wind industry, they’ve also stipulated that whenever wind power is produced, it has to be bought before all other forms of energy.

And since we have an energy surplus in Ontario because of our depressed economy, when the province buys wind power, it has to dump cheaper forms of energy like hydro power, or sell it, often at a loss, to Quebec or the U.S.
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Finally, when Ontario’s auditor general looked at the Liberals’ renewable energy policies in 2011, he found they (a) rushed into the field without knowing what they were doing (b) failed to develop a business plan (c) did no internal audit work (d) ignored the advice of their own experts on reducing costs (e) didn’t put contracts out to public tender and (f) grossly over-estimated the number of jobs they would create.
Boomer4771 2/12/2013 6:16:02 PM Report

Hey so called land protectors ( first Nation ). Sure looks good from the sky. A lot of wasted acreage. Glad your pockets are full. How many more acres of land and all the wildlife ruined, killed for something that doesn't work....Pathetic.
Bill_the_Cat 2/12/2013 6:19:05 PM Report

It's not the idea of renewables that has most Ontarians angry, I think. It's the fact that we're getting worked over by the energy companies.

We rightfully complained about the over-generous contracts given to the 407ETR, and the sale of Bruce + Pickering NPPs to a UK firm, whilst still keeping taxpayers paying the upgrade costs and debt. This is no different.

When 100s of millions are spent making gas fired generators, only to have them closed--all to keep a few liberal ridings--we are justifiably suspicious of goverment intentions. We have not even seen the extent of liberal duplicity on this issue--one wonders if the main impetus behind McGuinty's resignation is the ongoing parliamentary investigation into this issue.

I'm all for green energy, but it has to be above board, and not about dumping money into some liberal cronies' corporate pockets.
trj 2/12/2013 7:06:49 PM Report

Some reading from a Southern Ontarian:
by Nancy Matthews
A famous social protest song asks a series of questions designed to focus our attention on the inequities of the human condition caused not only by violence and social injustice but also by our own complacency. If we could answer these questions, the song implies, we could create a paradise on earth. Unfortunately, how many roads a man must walk down before he finds these all-important truths is unknown, because you guessed it: the answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.

I recently attended an information session promoting the idea that wind power could pretty much save the world. WOW! That’s a whole lot of responsibility those guys have up there blowin’ in the wind. By natural extension, one should assume that the people who build wind turbines have a benevolent and altruistic desire to make this world a much better place. Different song but still worth asking: Not just for some but for everyone?

Well maybe not for people who live right beside the turbines. After all, saving the world is bound to involve collateral damage. And really, it’s only just a few people who can’t sleep and lose their health and develop stress-related diseases and have children and pets crying night and day because of noise and vibration and the effects of dirty power.

So far, the Ontario Minister for Health has refused to acknowledge growing medical proof that people’s health is being destroyed. How many ears must one man have, before he can hear people cry? Or hear their many, many genuine pleas for help? With no premier and the legislature not sitting, that’s a whole lot of ears not listening and one more answer still blowin’ in the wind.

If you don’t like it, sell your house and move. An easy if somewhat cavalier solution that only works if property located under wind towers has re-sale value. Guess what, my friends? That lifetime of working and saving that went into owning your home is gone. Hundreds of thousands of hard earned dollars are up there blowin’ in the wind – until converted into pulp by turbine blades.

And how many seas must a white dove sail, before she can sleep in the sand? Perhaps sadly she will be caught in a fan, miss her destination altogether and be thrown into a mass grave along with some migrating Arctic loons. The white dove is a symbol for peace, a word that commonly implies “and prosperity” which implies not only intrinsic wealth but a comfortable home and plenty to eat. No one could possibly argue against having plenty to eat. But guess what, my friends? Affordable food comes from local farms that produce bountiful harvests and raise healthy livestock.

By provincial law, the only negative effects on animal life the turbine people are required to account for are on wildlife. Even then, every single turbine is allowed to kill ten or less bats a day and never mind that this environmentally essential species is endangered. That earthworms refuse to aerate the soil anywhere near turbines is not their problem. What about livestock? I asked. There are turbines all over Holland where dairy products are all-important, I was told. Try telling that to farmers in Wisconsin, the undisputed cheese capital of the USA, where ALL dairy farms near wind turbines have simply vanished. At Queens Park they say all these statistics about milk production and breeding fertility are hysteria. How hysterical will they be when hamburger hits $50 a pound? One more answer just blowin’ the wind.

How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see? No matter which way you turn your head it’s hard not to see the strobe effect of all those fan blades during the day or the hundreds of red lights flashing on and off all night long. Of course the wind people say the answer, my friends is: close your windows; draw your curtains; install blinds. Then I wouldn’t pretend not to see, because I truly couldn’t see anything: not the sun, not the stars, not the full moon reflected on water nor any gorgeous escarpment scenery nor any lovely green trees blowin’ in the wind.

How many times must a man look up before he can see the sky? If this man is standing in any field just north of Shelburne Ontario, no matter how often he looks, the answer, my friend, is he won’t be able to see the sky because of the hundreds of turbine blades up there blowin’ in the wind!

I live 40 km. north of Shelburne. And wind turbines are marching towards the beautiful escarpment terrain I call home. These turbines threaten the health of people dear to me. They will destroy the peace, the tranquility and the prosperity of heritage agricultural settlements. They will spoil the gorgeous scenery of cliffs and lakes, waterfalls and river valleys that make this area so special.

Two hundred years ago my ancestors left Europe: to escape servitude and persecution; to be able to own land; to breathe fresh air; to be free from all forms of tyranny. They cut down trees and moved rocks and sometimes with their bare hands they dug a living out of Ontario’s soil. They worked hard to see their progeny prosper and become part of a great land. Unfortunately, the land I have been hoping to pass on to my 8th generation grandchildren is being reduced to a sterile desert one industrial wind turbine at a time.

avo13 2/12/2013 9:11:31 PM Report

@trj

"Two hundred years ago my ancestors left Europe: to escape servitude and persecution; to be able to own land; to breathe fresh air; to be free from all forms of tyranny. They cut down trees and moved rocks and sometimes with their bare hands they dug a living out of Ontario’s soil. They worked hard to see their progeny prosper and become part of a great land. Unfortunately, the land I have been hoping to pass on to my 8th generation grandchildren is being reduced to a sterile desert one industrial wind turbine at a time."


So what your saying is that you would rather have atmosphere polluting power generation rather than environmentally friendly energy production... so that your future generations will benefit?

If you are opposed to energy production I suggest you sell your computer and move into a tent.

Also unless there is some new form of physics that has recently been discovered, it is not conceivable how a giant moving blade could possible harm anyone, unless of course they were to jump into it.
harry dick 2/12/2013 9:55:25 PM Report

i would like to know why power in the province of Quebec is about one quarter of the price of what it is in Ontario.
is it because of the government of Ontario privatizing power generation?
also the power companies adding user fees to our power bills , as a way to make more money . we are getting charged for storage of a/c power. i thought it was impossible to store a/c power?
also i would like to know why our water bills are set to rise 10% a year for the next five years? is this because of privatizing again? to make the most profit that the company can at our expense. if so where will it all stop; when they destroy the middle wage earner by backrupting them?
I am a pensioner and do not have an indexed pension. where will it all end?
harry dick 2/12/2013 9:55:25 PM Report

i would like to know why power in the province of Quebec is about one quarter of the price of what it is in Ontario.
is it because of the government of Ontario privatizing power generation?
also the power companies adding user fees to our power bills , as a way to make more money . we are getting charged for storage of a/c power. i thought it was impossible to store a/c power?
also i would like to know why our water bills are set to rise 10% a year for the next five years? is this because of privatizing again? to make the most profit that the company can at our expense. if so where will it all stop; when they destroy the middle wage earner by backrupting them?
I am a pensioner and do not have an indexed pension. where will it all end?
newcon 2/13/2013 9:57:12 AM Report

Avo...I pity your inability to rationalize...manmade global warming is not a scientific fact it is more of a cult and "algore" made his millions from the uninformed masses. Oh no Dante's Peak is smoking, damn there goes another 500million tons per hour into the atmosphere. P.S. if one believes bloomberg for anything other than left wing propaganda then all hope is lost.
Newcon
avo13 2/13/2013 2:10:44 PM Report

newcon I challenge you to show me one study that claims global warming is wrong.

But I bet you also think all scientists are evil ehh?
newcon 2/14/2013 12:09:17 PM Report

@Avo...it's obvious your ignorance is fueled by left wing dogma...why don't you start with Lord Moncton and then the "late" Christoper. Hitchens. You're no doubt an intellectual y deprived "public sector" sponge that gave credence to the Mayan Calender.
I am "Right" you are wrong...but don't feel ashamed you're not alone in the boat...which I must also add is sinking.. your captain lied.
Newcon
newcon 2/14/2013 12:09:31 PM Report

@Avo...it's obvious your ignorance is fueled by left wing dogma...why don't you start with Lord Moncton and then the "late" Christoper. Hitchens. You're no doubt an intellectual y deprived "public sector" sponge that gave credence to the Mayan Calender.
I am "Right" you are wrong...but don't feel ashamed you're not alone in the boat...which I must also add is sinking.. your captain lied.
Newcon
newcon 2/14/2013 12:09:46 PM Report

@Avo...it's obvious your ignorance is fueled by left wing dogma...why don't you start with Lord Moncton and then the "late" Christoper. Hitchens. You're no doubt an intellectual y deprived "public sector" sponge that gave credence to the Mayan Calender.
I am "Right" you are wrong...but don't feel ashamed you're not alone in the boat...which I must also add is sinking.. your captain lied.
Newcon
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