While the worldwide wind power capacity grew by 21% in 2011, according to annual data published by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), Canada ranks sixth in the world in terms of new installed wind power.
In 2011, the global wind industry has installed over 41,000 MW of new turbines, a record. The total installed capacity always to worldwide amounted to over 238,000 MW by the end of last year. Currently about 75 countries around the world have wind turbines order business, including 22 already exceed the threshold of 1 GW.
In Canada, more specifically, the wind energy sector has experienced a record year in 2011 with the addition of a new wind power capacity of about 1,267 MW to the provincial networks, representing an investment of 3.1 billion dollars (CAD). Canada ended 2011 with a total of 5,265 MW of installed wind power, placing it 9th globally in total capacity. During this same period, new wind projects were built and operated in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
“In 2011, the wind industry in Canada has experienced a record year during which the 5000 MW mark was reached. Canada, particularly Ontario, began to be seen by international investors interested in the wind power as a destination offering a significant competitive advantage. Keep this reputation will require sustained commitment over ambitious targets for development of wind power and a political framework stable. Canada continues to renew its power resources, and wind energy will play an increasingly important in the production of reliable electricity, clean and economical, “said Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).
At the current pace, the wind energy sector in Canada will easily exceed the threshold of 10,000 MW of installed capacity by 2015
It is expected that 2012 was another record year for development of wind energy in Canada with the anticipated introduction of new projects representing approximately 1,500 MW in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia Columbia, PEI, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
Since, according to forecasts, the growth should continue at a similar level over the next four years, the sector of wind energy in Canada should easily exceed the threshold of 10,000 MW of installed capacity by 2015. Consequently, Canada is on track to achieve the national target set by CanWEA in its document The wind power, or to ensure that wind energy fills 20% of the country’s electricity needs by 2025 .