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Canada's Largest Wind Farm Opens

Canada's Melancthon EcoPower Centre opened on order viagra viagra October 30 after three years of construction. The country's largest wind farm is located near Shelburne, Ontario and has a capacity of 199.5 MW.

The developer of the project, Canadian Hydro, expects the 133-turbine farm to have an annual output of 545 GWh, enough to power 70,000 homes. All of that electricity will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority.

The EcoPower Centre is just one of three Ontario-based wind projects to go online within the buy viagra fed ex next two months. Alberta and Quebec also have smaller wind farms and ongoing projects. By the end of 5mg cialis samples the year, all three areas combined will be producing 1,917 MW of wind power.

Canada plans to shut down all coal power plants by 2014 and will be relying on wind and solar power to step in as renewable energy sources. Projects like the EcoPower Centre may seem less significant when looked at individually, but as part of a large national movement towards clean energy, they're very important.

via Treehugger

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Power at Night?
written by Mark, November 14, 2008
Interesting news. I hadn't heard before that Canada has these plans.

Have you heard what Canada plans to do for power at night? Do they have natural gas or nuclear plants they can turn on, or are they planning to store day-time electricity with batteries, compressed air, or something of the like? It will be a boon to countries everywhere when others can demonstrate what coal-free electricity looks like.

Renewable Energy Outlook for Canada/Onta
written by James, November 14, 2008
To be accurate, the article refers to Ontario's plan to shut down all coal-fired generation by 2014. It is a reasonable goal given Ontario's current mix - roughly;

Nuclear - 52%
Hydro - 21%
Coal - 18%
Natural gas - 8%
Other - 1%

But the good news ends there. Despite the talk of the importance of renewable energy and the introduction of a "Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program" (a much higher reimbursement for small producers of renewable energy e.g. $0.42 per KWh produced vs residential price of propecia cheap roughly $.065 per KWh) the plan is to replace one fossil-fuel (coal) for another (natural gas). It is a plan that, if followed, will squeeze out a larger role for renewable energy in the province. However, the Minister of Energy - George Smitherman, (after looking at what Germany, Spain, California and others have done) has issued a directive to the Ontario Power Authority to rethink their 20-year plan and place greater importance on renewable energy options. Let's hope the DOUGs (Dumb Old Utility Guys) wake up and figure out how to incorporate a diversity of renewable options into the grid - better for the environment and better for the economy.
Holy cow
written by Cliffski, November 15, 2008
1,917 MW?
Holy crap that's awesome. I wish the UK had this.
written by miltowny, November 15, 2008
It seems as if the eggs are not all in one basket up there.
re: Renewable Energy Outlook for Canada/
written by Mark, November 15, 2008
Thanks for the info James. I was kinda suspecting something along those lines. I didn't realize that Canada was so reliant on nuclear power for its electricity. I'm from the U.S., and our nuclear/coal ratios are the opposite, so when I read that Canada was replacing all of its coal with renewables, I was picturing 50% of all electricity produced, not 18%.
Ontario is cialis uk not the rest of Canada
written by Lisa, November 17, 2008
Just to clarify for Mark: those percentages are representative of Ontario's energy use- not the rest of the country (one province). Ontario has fantastic alternative energy options for it's consumers (you actually get to CHOOSE your company) whereas many other provinces don't. Although Ontario is a very large province, those numbers don't represent the rest of the country.
written by Andy Eppink, November 23, 2008
1917 MW is a drop in the bucket relative to wow it's great viagra generic canada total demand Cliffski. All the emotional moonbeam renewable people think it's God's gift to the grid when it's really very diffuse, capable of supplying only a only a small fraction of only for you viagra on sale total demand and requiring of taxpayer subsidization at that.
written by Marc, November 24, 2008
but isnt it worth it to have some of our tax money going to paying for clean energy. maybe they could take some of that money collected from oil taxes to subsidize it with.
written by Hassan, November 26, 2008
The $0.42/KwH is also only for solar power, which generates power during the day when the weighted average hourly spot price (WAHSP) is higher than $0.065 that they're selling it for.

Wind gets a much smaller premium of around $0.11/KwH
Good news
written by Keith, May 22, 2009
The Green Energy Act (Ontario) has been passed so we should see the end of coal produced power come 2014

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