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Ontario contributes to exceptional progress in Global Wind Energy market

Friday, February 07, 2014   by: Staff



2013 - An Exceptional Year for Canada

The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) today released its 2013 market statistics, showing global wind energy capacity has tripled over the past five years to reach a total of 318,137 MW. 

Despite slower growth rates in some countries, the amount of wind energy installed around the world still rose by over 12 percent in 2013.

Canada recorded exceptionally strong growth in 2013 with a record of close to 1,600 MW of new wind energy capacity installed, placing it 5th globally. 

Canada sustains its position as a global wind energy leader, today ranking 9th in the world in total installed capacity with more than 7,500 MW of wind energy in operation - providing enough power to meet the annual needs of approximately 2 million Canadian homes.

"Many provincial governments are on the threshold of meeting their initial commitments to wind energy development," said Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind energy Association (CanWEA). "This wide support presents new opportunities to create stable and sustainable markets in Canada for future wind energy development."

"Most notably, the governments of Ontario and Quebec made commitments in 2013 to secure a combined 1,400 MW of new wind energy capacity over the next few years, which is the first step in building the foundation for robust, long-term markets for wind energy in Canada," Mr. Hornung added.

Canada will see a new record for annual installations of wind energy in 2014 as new projects are under construction across the country.

GWEC expects the global growth rate for 2014 installations to rise significantly as major new Canadian and US wind energy comes on stream, and as emerging markets in Africa, Asia, and Latin America continue to build momentum.

About the Canadian Wind Energy Association 

CanWEA is the voice of Canada's wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy.

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

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right wing 2/7/2014 12:35:55 PM Report

Well that is great, kinda makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, don't it.
That being said how about they put a total $$$ cost of this 1,600 MW of new wind energy.
Anybody else notice the cost to implement and ongoing cost to run this stuff is NEVER included.
I wonder why.
Anybody want to guess what the real costs are for the wind energy to run those "two million homes".
How about your hydro bill...ain't it grand living in Ontario and reaping the benefits of all this green wind energy.
Staggering rising energy costs are a benefit, aren't they.....
learningaswego 2/7/2014 12:41:00 PM Report

How can you not get excited about global "wind capacity" eh? That, of course has NOTHING to do with how much (or little) actually usable energy has been GENERATED; just how many turbines have been put up.

More fluff and misleading crap to try to divert voters' attention away from what a COLOSSAL FAILURE the Ont. Libs "Green Energy" FIASCO really is.
Wisenheimer 2/7/2014 12:43:14 PM Report

You should also expect your hydro bills to continue to skyrocket, as more and more of these low torque, undependable energy sources come on line and push out evil nuclear, hydro, nat gas and diesel.
Thank you Dalton McGuinty, Al Gore, Darryl Hannah, and other captains of industry.
learningaswego 2/7/2014 12:45:11 PM Report

Wynne and the Lyin' Liberals have certainly contributed vast amounts of WIND to Ontario.

Most taxpayers - after getting their energy bill - are overwhelmed by the foul odor of the Liberals' wind.
scottstewy123 2/7/2014 12:54:40 PM Report

yup at what cost to me as a home owner.
B Boy 2/7/2014 1:23:07 PM Report

Why is this article surprising to anyone?
The Ontario Liberals have been generating tremendous amounts of wind since they got in.
travelingman 2/7/2014 1:25:57 PM Report

We are supposed to be happy about insanity?! We spent a bunch of money that we don't have, to create more energy that we don't need, only to increase the price for consumers that can barely afford now! What are we going to do, wait for the last businesses in Ontario to close up and leave for another location that they can afford to operate in before we realize that this is just another HUGE government blunder at the taxpayers expense so they can make THEMSELVES feel good?
edz 2/7/2014 1:53:52 PM Report

right winger you wont get these figures because there was never, ever a cost benefit study done on any of this crap. I'm sure there was a lot of benefit making its way into politicians pockets and portfolios however.
OrlandoFlorida 2/7/2014 2:05:57 PM Report

This just means that Canada is the 9th worst country in the world for screwing its taxpayers with unbearable electrical energy costs. I wonder if the bottom countries in this survey have the lowest electrical energy costs ? This is one contest I would rather lose at.
learningaswego 2/7/2014 2:14:38 PM Report

Just a self-promotion ad for the wind companies cashing in at the taxpayer trough - in cahoots with the Liberal windbags.
Who the he11 cares about "capacity" when all we hear about is generating electricity we don't need, selling it off to other jurisdictions for a fraction of what it costs US TAXPAYERS ......all the while our own energy bills are going through the stratosphere.

so let's see if we have this right....
We're supposed to celebrate that we've been gouged by the Liberal goofs:
- to build wind turbines that only produce energy if or when the wind blows
- to provide energy WE DON'T NEED, and instead IF or WHEN they create energy, we basically give it away

All so the Liberal windbags can look "Green" to the eco-activists.

How can you not like that, eh?

OrlandoFlorida 2/7/2014 2:59:46 PM Report

On a side note has anyone driven by the solar farms on Black dirt road lately. I am always amazed that a solar panel can generate electricity with 6 inches of snow on them. It must be magic. Thank goodness my high electrical costs are insuring that these expensive snow collectors are making money for their owners.
Gurpy 2/7/2014 3:17:30 PM Report

Every posting is 100% accurate! How long did the Liberals expect people to tolerate this INSANITY which is putting the average income household right on down to those who live well below the poverty line even deeper into debt? Liberals need to go!
trj 2/7/2014 3:29:17 PM Report

So far, about 1800 turbines have been built in Ontario which produces 3 % of our energy consumption. Ontario long term energy plan predicts that over the next 18 years, another 5000 turbines will be built. This will cover only 9 % of our energy use, but it will take more than 50 % of our hydro bills to finance this!! 50 % will still come from nuclear reactors, 22% from hydroelectric, the most efficient of all, and the rest from gas, bio energy, solar and conservation. Show me where the logic is in wind power? They are simply monuments to greed and ignorance. After finding out the truth about the horrors of the GEA and the ensuing windscam, no one in their right mind would want to have these machines in our province. Supporters of wind, are supported by wind. These people are the worst of all. They know the truth, but fight desperately, to cover it up. You can’t bury the truth forever. We will not stop fighting till this scam is exposed!
tba 2/7/2014 3:30:21 PM Report

Wind and Solar,as well as Hydro power would not be necessary,except for the tree huggers,and fear mongering environmentalists!
They've successfully lobbied against Nuclear power generation,based on old technology's failure at Chernobyl, and Love Canal.

Modern means of all things nuclear,are the safest and most inexpensive per kilowatt hour,than any other form of power generation.

Anyone who tells you otherwise,are not up to date,and continue to feel threatened by even just the word "nuclear"!

So....we'll continue into the future,demanding more electricity......while accusing the Government
Of spending our money foolishly.
Those of you who complain about the Government(s) we have,likely didn't even vote,but stayed home "(in protest ???)

We get what we deserve!
Check the percentages of those who cast ballots,
And you'll find it is less than half those ,eligible!
steelworker 2/7/2014 3:31:03 PM Report

If you see a Liberal or an eco-hippy please feel free to punch them in the face. Buh-bye Mr. Wynne and the Libs next election.
Gurpy 2/7/2014 4:00:00 PM Report

Bottom line is voters desperately need to WAKE UP and arrive at the polls on election day SOBER! How many times have the Liberals been re-elected??
HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/7/2014 4:37:19 PM Report

tba you are out of your mind lol as we are still using the same technology. Even GEs engineers were against implentation of the Mark1s but that didn't stop them from being built around the world.

How can you not mention Fukushima which is easily ten times worse than Chernobyl? No one even has any idea what to do with this ongoing ELE

What are you gonna do with the waste? Eat it? Let's bury it in your backyard.

HowAbooutSomeLogic 2/7/2014 4:40:09 PM Report

Stop by some time and learn a thing or two about nuclear. Your ignorance is amazing.
sportsfan17 2/7/2014 8:48:27 PM Report

There is a price for progress. One I'm willing to pay. Energy isn't going to be as cheap as it was for you baby-boomers growing up.

Thanks for wrecking the planet all those years you were living the good life. I'll be the one cleaning it up while I'm wiping your sorry asses in the nursing homes. Maybe I'll use some oil to do that.
sportsfan17 2/7/2014 8:53:42 PM Report


Con's don't read. It's all about short-term gain, not long-term sustainability in their mind.

Nuclear energy is scary. What's even scarier is the waste product and where they want to bury it.

Read on Cons. Enlighten yourself. Don't worry, science and facts won't hurt you.
dust2 2/8/2014 12:20:34 PM Report

god you guys are just sad. you're fools if you don't think solar and wind are the future. its not coal and oil that will be used in 100 years, its going to be clean renewable energy because technology is advancing.

whoever says we don't 'need' the extra energy is just strait up ignorant. no one posting here has any idea of the provinces actual demand. stop saying that nonsense

if we don't put up windfarms and plan for the future, its not going to end well.

also, if you're angry at wind, congratulations, your anger was bought and paid for by oil companies. they try real hard to make sure you hate wind and love oil. looks like its working pretty well.
mallet 2/8/2014 7:04:31 PM Report

How about some logic and Dust...

Let us look at some facts, Chernobyl was caused by some people not following the rules, Fukushima by a Tsunami, not exactly a fault of the power plants per se. Nuclear is quite safe when all the rules are obeyed and which of you can forecast the next natural disaster? Solar and wind are great, and I have no real problem with them providing they are placed in the area of the use of power generated by them. The main problem I have is the excessive price being paid for the power they generate, if it were double the price of the other generating systems I would not have any objection. Right now in the UK they are starting to reduce the price paid to the "green energy producers" as people are starting to get irritated by the profits these people are raking in due to the subsidies paid to them...
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