Canada

Windpower Monthly rating 3/5

Our rating is based on a combination of project pipeline, political and policy support, investor confidence and structural readiness of the country in terms of grid infrastructure, permitting process and local supply chain.

Forecast of installed and operating wind power capacity based on the latest statisitics and measured against the Windpower Intelligence database.

Wind energy policy lies in the hands of individual provinces rather than the federal government, but the country’s wealth of fossil-fuel and hydro resources leaves little room for wind power development.

Ontario has led the way in the recent past and now has 5GW of operating wind capacity, but one of the first actions of the right-wing government elected in June 2018 was to cancel wind projects currently under development.

Confidence is higher in Alberta where the provincial administration has set a target to triple renewables’ share of electricity generation. Tenders in late 2017 resulted in highly cost-competitive winning bids at an average of C$37/MWh ($29/MWh).

Quebec has also committed to reducing its fossil-fuel dependency and to grow its renewables capacity. Developers in this province, which has excellent wind resources, are increasingly looking to export wind-generated electricity to states in the north-east of the US.

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Market Status: Canada - Strong growth now but outlook less rosy

Market Status: Canada - Strong growth now but outlook less rosy

CANADA At least 1.5GW in new wind energy capacity in 2015, with the build-out of a backlog of contracted projects in Ontario and Quebec taking it past the 11GW mark by the end of the year.

Remote mines add wind

Remote mines add wind

WORLDWIDE: More mining companies are recognising the benefits of using wind power in remote locations to cut diesel fuel bills and ensure secure supply.

Canada moves up to sixth place in global rankings

Canada moves up to sixth place in global rankings

CANADA: Having installed more than 700MW by September, and expected to more than double that by the end of 2014, Canada has overtaken France and Italy for installed capacity.

Policy and market setup stall growth potential in Alberta

Policy and market setup stall growth potential in Alberta

CANADA: With its growing electricity demand, good resources and ageing coal-plant fleet, Alberta is ideally placed to become Canada's next big wind market. But a lack of long-term contracts and political support means developers and investors are holding off

Canada looks to US for wind growth

Canada looks to US for wind growth

CANADA: As the US seeks to limit carbon emissions, Canada's combination of wind and hydro power could enable it to supply clean electricity to the north-east states. But Canada's fragmented energy markets need to work closer together to take advantage of the opportunity.

Latest Canada news

New icing-detection software launched

CANADA: AI software company Clir Renewables has launched a new programme to detect icing on turbine blades and measure its impact on performance.

Boralex losses widen after drop in production

CANADA: Boralex's net losses widened to C$50 million (US$38 million) in the first nine months of the year due to lower production volumes, amortisation expenses, and acquisition and financing costs, according to the company.

Saskatchewan utility awards 200MW

CANADA: Developer Potentia Renewables has won a contract to sell power from a new 200MW wind farm in Saskatchewan.

Updated: Innergex buys out JV partner in Québec

CANADA: Innergex has become the sole owner of five wind farms in Qu├ębec after buying out its partner's interests in the joint venture.

Ørsted exits Canada partnership

CANADA: Danish developer ├śrsted has decided against pursuing the Haida Energy Field offshore wind project off British Colombia it was developing with local energy firm NaiKun.

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