Other large projects installed in 2013 include the 272MW first phase of the Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farm, developed by a consortium led by Montreal-based Boralex, and Invenergy's 135.7MW Des Moulins project.
Nextera's 124.8MW Summerhaven wind farm in Ontario was the largest project outside Quebec to be completed in 2013. GDF Suez also had a big year, bringing three projects totalling 297MW into service in British Columbia and Ontario.
Last year continued a strong growth trend for Canada, which has averaged more than 1GW additions a year over the past five years and is expected to continue to do so for at least the next three. Up to 2GW is expected online in 2014. The long-term outlook for wind energy, however, remains unclear. The industry is facing a market cliff in 2016 without continued policy support.
Current political backdrop Provincial governments are the drivers of wind energy policy, with federal government playing no role
High point of 2013 New commitments by Ontario and Quebec to buy a total of 1.4GW of wind
Low point The cancellation of Ontario's large-scale feed-in tariff programme after the WTO ruled its local content requirements contravened international trade law
Key influencer Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne has dealt with the political and trade fallout of FIT but continues to support wind development under the province's new long-term energy plan