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Nova Scotia leads country in 2016 wind projects, says industry group

Nova Scotia installed more wind energy projects than any other province in 2016, according to the latest numbers from the Canadian Wind Energy Association.
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Nova Scotia Power's wind farm at Lingan in Cape Breton. An industry group says Nova Scotia led the country in 2016 for new wind energy projects.

Nova Scotia installed more wind energy projects than any other province in 2016, according to the latest numbers from the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

The association said the province's community feed-in tariff program, which it described as unique, was mostly responsible for 10 new facilities totalling 39.5 megawatts coming online in the province last year.

The association said Canada's wind energy sector enjoyed strong growth in 2016, adding 702 megawatts of new capacity through the commissioning of 21 projects in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

Association president Robert Hornung said in a statement that wind energy is not affected by carbon prices or commodity price fluctuations, meaning it will become more affordable over time.

"The fact that the vast majority of new wind energy projects built in Canada in 2016 had some form of local ownership demonstrates the value of wind not only as a driver of economic growth, but also as a source of local jobs and revenue in communities right across the country," Hornung said.

Canada now has 11,898 MW of installed wind generation capacity, enough to supply six per cent of Canada's electricity demand and meet the annual electricity needs of more than three million homes, the association said.

Ontario added 413 MW of new wind energy capacity in 2016, while Quebec added three projects totalling 249 MW of capacity.

The association said there are 285 wind farms, made up of 6,288 wind turbines, operating in Canada.

Statistics from the National Energy Board showed more wind energy was built in Canada than any other source of electricity generation from 2005 to 2015, according to a backgrounder from the association.



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