Energy & Power
CanWEA pushes for 2000MW of new wind energy in Ontario’s LTEP
By Anthony Capkun
September 18, 2013 – The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has made an official submission to Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP) Review, insisting on further commitments to wind energy opportunities that provide “stable, long-term targets for wind energy procurement…”.
“Today, Ontario has a broad range of options for new electricity generation, but few that match the requirement for affordability, economic development potential, environmental sustainability, diversification, reliability and rate base value as compellingly as wind energy,” noted CanWEA president, Robert Hornung.
Ontario’s LTEP will need to pursue cost-effective options for new electricity supply that continue to recognize the importance of greenhouse gas emission reductions, says CanWEA, adding “Wind energy is well-positioned to meet these objectives”.
The association recommends 2000MW of new wind energy be procured over a four-year period beginning next year. Looking beyond 2018, CanWEA believes the government should identify a long-term target of a minimum of 15% of electricity demand being met by wind by 2031.