Progress in Global Wind Energy Market Continues with Steady Growth

February 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

2013 – An Exceptional Year for Canada

OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/ – The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) today
released its 2013 market statistics, showing global wind energy
capacity has tripled over the past five years to reach a total of
318,137 MW.  Despite slower growth rates in some countries, the amount
of wind energy installed around the world still rose by over 12 per
cent in 2013.

Canada recorded exceptionally strong growth in 2013 with a record of
close to 1,600 MW of new wind energy capacity installed, placing it 5th globally.  Canada sustains its position as a global wind energy leader,
today ranking 9th in the world in total installed capacity with more
than 7,500 MW of wind energy in operation – providing enough power to
meet the annual needs of approximately 2 million Canadian homes.

“Many provincial governments are on the threshold of meeting their
initial commitments to wind energy development,” said Robert Hornung,
President of the Canadian Wind energy Association (CanWEA). “This wide
support presents new opportunities to create stable and sustainable
markets in Canada for future wind energy development.”

“Most notably, the governments of Ontario and Quebec made commitments in
2013 to secure a combined 1,400 MW of new wind energy capacity over the
next few years, which is the first step in building the foundation for
robust, long-term markets for wind energy in Canada,” Mr. Hornung
added.

Canada will see a new record for annual installations of wind energy in
2014 as new projects are under construction across the country. GWEC
expects the global growth rate for 2014 installations to rise
significantly as major new Canadian and US wind energy comes on stream,
and as emerging markets in Africa, Asia, and Latin America continue to
build momentum.

About the Canadian Wind Energy Association 

CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting
the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy. A national
non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of
credible information on wind energy and its social, economic and
environmental benefits. Join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation at windfacts.ca.

SOURCE Canadian Wind Energy Association

Image with caption: “New Richmond Wind Facility in Gaspé, Quebec. Photo courtesy ENERCON Canada Inc. (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140205_C7869_PHOTO_EN_36318.jpg

Image with caption: “Erie Shores Wind Farm in Southwestern Ontario -workers prepare for the day. Photo courtesy Canadian Wind Energy Association (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140205_C7869_PHOTO_EN_36317.jpg



Erie Shores Wind Farm in Southwestern Ontario -workers prepare for the day. Photo courtesy Canadian Wind Energy Association (CNW Group/Canadian Wind Energy Association)

For further information:

and interview opportunities, please contact:

Ulrike Kucera, Media Relations Officer
Canadian Wind Energy Association 
(Mobile) (613) 867-4433
ulrikekucera@canwea.ca

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