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Wind energy: capacity grows as costs fall

by Mark Sabourin
EcoLog, 2/2/2018 9:07:00 AM

The Canadian Wind Energy Association is congratulating the industry on another successful year, with 10 new wind energy projects coming on stream in Nova Scotia, Ontario, and British Columbia, collectively bringing enough new clean electricity online to meet the needs of more than 90,000 homes.

Costs are also improving, according to the association. At a December 2017 auction, the Alberta Electric System Operator secured 600 megawatts (MW) of power from four wind energy operators at $37 per MW-hour, a record low for wind energy in Canada, it says.

Canada now has 12,239 MW of total installed wind capacity, producing enough electricity to supply six per cent of the country’s electricity demand and power 3.2 million homes, according to the association. That ranks Canada the world’s ninth-largest producer of wind energy. For 2018, the association expects another 600 MW of new wind energy capacity to become available.

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