Links & Resources
As Canada’s leading source of credible information on wind energy, we’ve created a list of useful links and resources.
Canada's National Wind Resource Map
Canada has a national wind resource map accessible at www.windatlas.ca. Current information shows that Canada has a significant wind energy resource. For example Northern Quebec (Nunavik) alone has enough wind resource to produce 40% of Canada's electricity needs. Besides wind resource, you also need to consider how much wind energy can be effectively integrated into our electricity grid and at what cost. Based on the experience of other countries, it is possible for Canada to achieve 20% of its electricity needs from wind energy; that would be 50,000 MW of wind energy capacity.
Ontario Wind Resource Atlas
The Ontario Wind Resource Atlas allows users to view colour-coded maps of numerous wind statistics for any one-square-kilometre area in the province. This mapping tool illustrates Ontario's wind energy potential and will help identify promising sites for future wind energy development. The Ontario Wind Resource Atlas data is available for purchase through The MNR Store in DVD format. There are online wind atlases available for many other provinces too – see the list compiled by WEICan.
Ontario Landowner's Guide to Wind Energy
Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) developed this guide in 2005. Over the past several years, wind developers have been prospecting for windy sites in southern Ontario, predominantly along the shores of the Great Lakes and along the Niagara highlands as possible locations for large wind farms. In many areas rural landowners, especially farmers, have received offers to lease their land from these wind power developers. It became apparent that a written guide for landowners considering wind power development would be a valuable tool.
RETScreen™ International software
RETScreen International is a FREE decision support tool from the Canadian Government (Natural Resources Canada) for evaluating the energy production, life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emission reductions for renewable energy technologies. It is an easy-to-use tool and has become an international standard for pre-feasibility studies of renewable energy projects. RETScreen provides an estimate of a project’s technical and financial viability. RETScreen results should not be used as the basis for a final decision on a project, and CanWEA assumes no responsibility for the use of RETScreen results.
Opinion Survey about wind energy in Quebec (available in French only)
CanWEA recently commissioned Léger Marketing to conduct a poll in Quebec to evaluate the public's opinions with respect to wind energy development in the province. The poll was conducted online January 30th to February 1st, 2012. A total of 1001 Quebec residents 18 years of age or older were surveyed.
Ontarians say wind energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation, new poll finds
A recent Oracle Research poll commissioned by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) found that 78 per cent of Ontarians say wind energy is one of the safest forms of electricity generation. The poll was conducted between February 22-29, 2012 and has a margin for error of +/- 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
IPSOS Reid survey shows strong support for wind energy in Ontario
The Canadian Wind Energy Association recently commissioned the research firm Ipsos Reid to conduct a poll to gain insight into Ontario residents’ views on wind energy. The poll surveyed 1,361 citizens from five different regions in the province between June 25-30, 2010. The survey shows that the vast majority of Ontarians support wind energy because of its environmental and economic benefits. Click here to view CanWEA's news release.
British Columbians want energy independence and strongly support more wind energy as a source of clean electricity, poll finds
The Oracle Research poll commissioned by CanWEA, found that seventy-six per cent of British Columbians strongly agree or agree wind energy should be further developed as a source of clean electricity. The poll, conducted on Sept. 26 – 27, also found that 84 per cent of British Columbians want the province to produce enough power to meet the needs of residents without importing energy.
‘L’ÉOLIEN – au coeur de l’incontournable révolution énergétique’
The book takes technologists, engineers, professors, students, planners, operators, regulators, developers, and decision makers alike through a comprehensive tour of the complex world of electricity, and shows why and how wind energy fits in this unique market where physics and economics are intimately tied. Taking into account all the technical and economic aspects of wind power integration in the portfolio of electricity generating technologies, the authors demonstrate why wind energy has become the most competitive bulk electricity supply option today.
Authors : Bernard Saulnier et Réal Reid
432 pages – $39.95
The book is available at:
Wind Energy Associations
Wind Energy Publications/Media