In 2016, Canada added 681 MW of wind power capacity (net), an increase of 6.1% over 2015, to reach a total of 11,898 MW. This capacity was installed in Ontario (413 MW), Quebec (249 MW), and Nova Scotia (40 MW). Of the 21 new wind projects, 16 included significant ownership stakes from Aboriginal Peoples, municipal corporations, or local owners—an increase from the 15 out of 23 projects with community ownership in 2015.
Western Canada continues to show the strongest potential for growth in the near term. Alberta set a target of 30% renewable electricity generation by 2030, while Saskatchewan set a target of 50% renewable energy capacity by 2030. These provinces plan to procure approximately 5,000 MW and 2,000 MW of renewable power capacity by 2030, respectively, a significant portion of which is expected to be met by wind.
With wind becoming increasingly cost competitive, request for proposal (RFP) is expected to remain the preferred method of procurement.