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Clean wind energy grows in Canada

Wind energy’s contribution of clean power to the country’s electricity supply is expected to grow by nearly 20 percent by the end of 2012 according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).

CanWEA expects new wind energy projects to add almost 1,200 MW of clean energy by the close of 2012. This will mark the second consecutive year with well over 1,000 MW of newly installed capacity, maintaining Canada as one of the world’s leading wind energy markets.

Every 1,000 MW of new wind energy drives $2.5 billion in investments, creates 10,500 person-years of employment, and provides enough clean power for over 300,000 Canadian homes. Over 60 percent of Canada’s new wind energy capacity in 2012 will be installed in Quebec.

Canada will have over 6,400 MW of installed wind energy capacity by the end of 2012. Ontario will remain the provincial leader with over 2,000 MW; Quebec and Alberta will follow with approximately 1,600 MW and 1,100 MW respectively.

Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island are all moving forward with new requests for wind energy in 2012 and projects are currently under construction in several provinces, particularly Quebec and Ontario. CanWEA is also confident that Quebec will move ahead with a fourth call for tenders this year, leading CanWEA to project a record year for wind energy development in 2013.