The World is beginning to realize that it has to look at the use of alternate energy sources as their stock of fossil fuels is diminishing. But Canada started down this route many years ago. Business and residents alike are accepting wind power systems as a way of fulfilling their energy requirements.
Canada is a country brimming with natural resources and has been very progressive when it comes to seeking alternative energy sources to add to the more traditional coal and hydro power systems. Although wind energy still only accounts for 1% of Canada’s energy needs,
Making use of the natural wind to power turbines to create electricity is great for the environment. Because of this the Canadian Wind Energy Association has introduced a plan that will increase the production of electricity to 55,000 MW by the year 2025. And the resource will not diminish, as have fossil fuels.
Ontario was the first province to embrace the use of wind power, but Quebec and Alberta have now joined in and others are making good progress in this field. When this century began all of the provinces had done something about implementing a plan to move towards using renewable energy. They all know that they have to build wind farms, or some other method of sourcing alternate energy, as the traditional methods are running out of supplies.
Only one province, that of British Columbia, does not have a facility to source their power from the wind. But they are now taking steps to catch up with the rest of the country, and are going to be purchasing 300 MW of renewable wind-sourced electricity in the near future. It will not be long until the whole population of Canada can benefit from this renewable energy source.
Though there are all these plans and strategies in place to adopt the Utopian world of living a life sourced by renewable energy, compared with the use of traditional sources wind power is currently only supplying a very small amount. The wind farms currently in operation generate approximately 2300 MW. But this amount will increase as the number of wind farms grows.
In the United States the border cities of Chicago and Detroit are also taking an interest in what is happening in Canada. They are giving a lot more thought to the use of renewable energies, including the wind, to power the large number of factories in their area. The benefits to their budgets and the environment would be incredible. Even if relying totally on wind power to fuel the cities is not practical, there is also the possibility of developing hybrid projects in order to lessen the drain on fossil fuels.
There are also ways that residents can get in on all of these initiatives (including the Feed in Tarriff program)and generate their own wind powered energy source in their own backyard. A small wind power turbine, standing about 30 feet tall and 2 feet wide, can generate 1.2KW of power. This works out to between 25 and 30% of an average domestic power usage, and costs about $5000. The Energy Ball will cost anything from $3,690 to $6,900, depending on the size you opt for. This runs completely silently and can provides anything up to 50% of the average domestic power requirements. There is a cheaper and more popular alternative intended for off-grid locations such as cabins or islands, that costs around $600 to $700 and supplies 200-watts. New green energy designs are hitting the market all the time.