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Wind News from the North

The perils of tapping Canadian tar sands have been well publicized by the media and the environmental community in recent years.  Less well known is the progress Canada has made in developing a vastly more sustainable energy resource: wind.

In Canada today, wind farms generate enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 1.2 million homes.  By 2016, that number is expected to double as the country reaches and then exceeds 12,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity.  New wind power investments topping 16 billion Canadian dollars will create 68,000 person-years of employment during this period, according to CanWEA - the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

My own brief reflections on wind power's North American promise appear in an interview published in the Fall 2012 issue of Windsight, CanWEA's quarterly magazine.  For those who'd like to brush up on their French, the interview appears in both official Canadian languages.  Just scroll to pp. 14-16 of this journal, or go to Friends of Wind for a somewhat longer interview.

It's heartening to know that, even as the U.S. Congress continues to tie up U.S. wind development with its seemingly endless bickering over extending the federal production tax credit, wind power is building real momentum north of the border.