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Canada’s 566MW of New Wind Energy Plants in 2018 a 62% Year-on-Year Increase

Since 2008, 9,512MW has been commissioned in Canada, for an annual average of 951MW. However, last year’s total marks a significant increase on the 348MW installed in 2017.

Two projects were completed in Quebec and Ontario, while single sites were completed in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 2018, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

Of these new wind farms — all of which are onshore sites — two have both community and First Nations ownership stakes.

The new additions bring Canada’s cumulative capacity to 12,816MW, according to figures from the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).

Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) forecasts approximately 510MW of annual additions between 2019 and 2040. By the end of this period, the NEB expects wind power to make up 13% of Canada’s operational capacity, up from 8% in 2015.

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