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By KJ Mullins     Sep 14, 2010 in Environment
The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) told energy leaders in Montreal for the World Energy Congress that by the end of 2010 Canada will have 754 MW of new wind energy capacity.
By the end of the year Canada's wind energy capacity should be at 4,073 MW, enough to power over 1.4 million homes each year.
Ontario is the leader in wind energy within Canada with 1,248 MW of wind energy development. Quebec and Alberta have 663MW and 656 MW respectively. The rest of Canada makes up the rest of wind energy representing a third of the power.
In the past six years Canada has increased the use of wind energy ten-fold. The government is actively seeking ways to meet rising energy demand, reduce environmental impacts of electricity generation, and stimulate rural and industrial economic development.
"Building on the growth in 2010, we can also state with a high degree of certainty that 2011 will be a record year for wind in Canada with more than 1,000MW likely to be installed," said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA in a press release. "We expect wind energy's rapid growth in Canada to continue with production tripling in the next five years. The rapid pace of wind energy development presents a significant opportunity for Canadian manufacturers, service providers, landowners and rural municipalities."
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