In the recent publication of a report entitled “Global Wind Report 2010” (Global Perspectives of Wind Energy in 2010) Canada was also placed in the 9th place in terms of total cumulative installed capacity.
“Wind power is firmly established in many European countries and has a long history in the United States but in Canada, its contribution is relatively recent in the production of electricity,” said Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). “With the continued expansion of wind power, we witness the growth of a young and dynamic industry that generates jobs in the industrial sector, revitalizing rural economies and produce energy without emissions. The results obtained in 2010 are encouraging, but we expect even stronger growth in 2011 and beyond.”
Canada’s contribution to wind energy in 2010 is 1.7 billion Cdn in new investment. In late 2010, thanks to new projects commissioned in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the total installed wind power capacity in Canada was 4008 MW. Today, 2570 turbines in 131 wind parks have an installed capacity of 4285 MW.
The production of wind energy in Canada is almost ten times higher than it was six years ago. This increase is attributable to efforts by governments to meet the increased energy demand, reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation business and stimulate economic development in rural and industrial areas.
The development of wind energy in Canada is expected to continue, while production will triple within five years and the total installed capacity in North America will more than double to 94.2 GW.
The top 10 leaders in new installed capacity in 2010 are: China (15 500 MW), the United States (5115 MW), India (2139 MW) Spain (1516 MW), Germany (1,493 MW), France (1086 MW), the United Kingdom (962 MW), Italy (948 MW), Canada (690 MW) and Sweden (603 MW).