Bright future for Canadian wind industry as capacity breezes past 10,000 megawatts

Earlier this year, Canada became one of seven countries with more than 10,000 megawatts of installed wind power capacity. Marking the milestone when they met in Toronto this week, industry leaders also agreed the growing cost competitiveness of wind energy “has set the stage for the next 10,000 megawatts.” “Wind energy, as the last Quebec [Request for Proposals] proved, is now the lowest-cost option for new electricity supply in many Canadian provinces,” Jean-Francois Nolet, the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s vice-president of policy and communications, said. Even in markets where natural gas generation might be cheaper, wind energy provides a hedge against inevitable rising carbon costs, he added.

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