According to a new report, Canada has the potential to get more than one-third of its electricity from wind generated power without compromising grid reliability.[quote] The study, issued by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) takes a detailed look at national, system-level look at the production costs and benefits of high wind energy penetration in Canada. The paper also helps identify potential operational challenges and the most efficient solutions.
According to a release, CanWEA’s report provides utilities, system operators and policymakers with a technical platform that can be used to inform the development of provincial, regional and North American energy policies.
Honourable Jim Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Understanding the implications of integrating a greater amount of wind energy into Canada’s electrical system contributes to our goal of developing clean energy resources and moving our country towards a low-carbon economy.
“The Government of Canada supports clean energy technologies that encourage energy efficiency, bring cleaner renewable energy onto a smarter electricity grid, and promote sustainable economic growth and competitiveness.”
Shift to low-carbon economy
The report supports the country’s commitment to shift to a low-carbon economy. It considers four pan-Canadian scenarios with wind energy supplying between five per cent and 35% of the country’s forecast system load in 2025, including power flows across the border. [Scotland slams UK renewable energy subsidy cuts]
The release adds that 20% and 35% wind penetrations can be achieved in a reliable and efficient manner.
CanWEA president, Robert Hornung, said: “Affordable, reliable, zero-emission electricity generation, like wind energy, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by helping to clean the electricity grid so that clean electricity can be used to power vehicles, buildings and industry and generate export opportunities.
"This technical study contributes to our understanding of how we can make the most effective use of a valuable, but underutilized, clean energy resource to make the kinds of deep emissions cuts ultimately needed to address climate change."
Bahman Daryanian of GE Energy Consulting Group, who was the study’s technical director and project manager, added: “While the benefits of wind energy are widely known, this nearly three-year-long project helps provide decision makers with insights into how those benefits can be most efficiently realized as Canada takes steps to make use of this vast renewable resource.”
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