In Canada, wind power is the fastest growing renewable energy source and accounts for 1.1 percent of total electric power in Canada.1
As of June 2010, Ontario had the most installed capacity at 1,208 MW followed by Quebec 659 MW and Alberta 656 MW. In Prince Edward Island, wind energy accounts for nearly 90 percent of its total electricity generation.2
Many provinces have established renewable portfolio standards, issued requests for proposal for renewable energy and introduced other incentives such as feed-in-tariffs which have principally accelerated growth in the wind industry. Wind power has the advantage of relatively short construction lead times.3 However, its relatively high cost compared to other electricity sources particularly in lower wind density regions imposes a barrier on its deployment.
 National Energy Board, Emerging Technologies in Electricity Generation, An Energy Market Assessment March 2006