The Canadian Wind Energy Association's strategic goals for wind remain: 500 MW by the year 2000, 1500 MW in 2005, and 5000 MW by 2010. Yet a new study by Passmore Associates International for CanWEA and Environment Canada found a "likely potential" for Canadian wind of 1000 MW by 2000 and 6400 MW by 2010, for an average cost of C$1200/kW, an investment of C$7.68 billion over 15 years and 43,000 to 46,000 person years of employment. This could arise if utilities consistently use wind power to reduce CO2 emissions and retire ageing fossil fuel generation. The study will become part of a new sustainable energy strategy for Environment Canada.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol