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Wind is the fastest growing source of electricity in the world. Across Canada, electricity generated from wind is powering homes and businesses in a clean, reliable and efficient manner. The Canadian Wind Energy Association supports the appropriate development of wind energy in Canada. Our goal is to encourage investment in wind energy for 10,000 MW by 2010, providing 5% of Canada’s electricity.

Current information shows that Canada has a significant wind energy resource. For example Northern Quebec (Nunavik) alone has enough wind resource to produce 40% of Canada's electricity needs. Besides wind resource, you also need to consider how much wind energy can be effectively integrated into our electricity grid and at what cost. Based on the experience of other countries it is possible for Canada to achieve 20% of its electricity needs from wind energy, that would be 50,000 MW of wind energy capacity...more>>

Currently 341MW installed (

Potential Wind Resources: Total Electric Usage (2002) Population (July 2003) Energy usage /person/year
76.8 GW 504,400 GWh 32,207,113 15.6611 MWh

The potential of 76.8 GW wind resource multiplied by 8760 hours per year, and taking 30%, which is the standard estimate equals 201,567 GWh. The estimated potential wind production would therefore cover 40% of Canadian's electricity needs.

Energy Conversion:

1 TWh (terawatt-hour) 1000 GWh (gigawatt-hour)
1 GWh (gigawatt-hour) 1000 MWh (megawatt-hour)
1 MWh (megawatt-hour) 1000 KWh (kilowatt-hour)
1 KWh (kilowatt-hour) 1000 Wh (watt-hour)

References and Additional Information about Wind Resources in Canada:

Canadian Wind Energy Association:
Canadian Wind Energy Association: Wind Energy in Canada
Energy Breakdown Chart of Canada: Energy Chart
Energy Grid Map of Canada: Grid Map

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