The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) released a map showing 7,051 MWof installed wind energy
capacity across Canada. According to CanWEA, the top three wind
generating provinces are: Ontario (2,366 MW), Quebec (1,866
MW) and Alberta (1,117 MW).
British Columbia lags the rest of Canada with only 3
operating wind projects (Bear Mountain, Dokie Ridge,
and Quality) comprising a paltry 390
MW. More are on the way however. Cape Scott (100 MW) is expected to come
online soon and Tumbler Ridge and Meikle were awarded
EPA's with BC Hydro under the 2008 clean power call.
In addition, EDF EN Canada and West Moberly
First Nation announced three proposed wind projects
in the Peace River area totalling more than
500 MW of capacity. None of the recently
announced wind projects have EPA's however.
Electricity wise, British Columbia is much like the Province of
Quebec, with large-hydro supplying most of the power. Quebec
has embraced wind energy finding its large-hydro
system complimentary to electricity generated from
Advances in technology have made the cost of wind energy lower than
ever. Demand for modern emission free electricity is
growing. In British Columbia, experienced global
wind developers have partnered with local First
Nations with expectations of seeing the
province soon catch up to the rest of Canada.
With British Columbia on the brink of unprecedented industrial growth to be led by
the natural gas sector, adding more low cost wind energy to the
province's clean energy mix will provide not
only long term value to BC Hydro ratepayers but also a
low carbon hedge against the high carbon emissions
of the natural gas sector. The time is right. Wind energy
makes sense for British Columbia.
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