11 December 2008 — The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) said Canada has become the 12th country in the world to surpass 2,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity. Wind supplies about 1 per cent of Canada’s electricity demand, with 85 wind farms representing approximately 2,246 MW of generating capacity.
Ontario is the current provincial leader with installed wind energy capacity at 781 MW. Quebec follows at 531 MW; Alberta at 524 MW; Saskatchewan at 171 MW; Manitoba at 103 MW; Prince Edward Island at 72 MW; and Nova Scotia at 61 MW.
Other leaders in installed wind energy capacity include Germany at 23,300 MW; the U.S. at 20,413 MW; Spain at 15,900 MW; China at 9,000 MW; and India at 8,757 MW.
Over the past decade, global wind energy capacity has continued to grow at an average cumulative rate of more than 32 percent. Between now and 2020, close to $1USD trillion in global investment is projected to bring global installed capacity to well over 500,000 MW.
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