The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is setting ambitious short and long term targets for installed wind capacity as part of its newly released strategy document, Wind Energy in Canada: An Action Plan to 2000. By fostering "the technological, regulatory and financial climate" CanWEA is aiming for 500 MW of wind by the year 2000 and at least 5000 MW by 2010. Canada's current installed wind generation capacity is somewhat under 25 MW, with a further 105 MW (nameplate) committed in Quebec.
Additionally, CanWEA is striving for the installation or export of 15,000 wind powered water pumping systems by the year 2000, and the installation of 2500 micro-wind systems by 2000. Targets for the Canadian wind industry are annual sales of $200 million by 2000 and 3000 Canadian jobs. The aim is to displace at least one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
Consumer demand for wind power will be spurred by an energetic information campaign aimed at changing public policy, regulations and utility policies which currently work against development of wind energy.
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