Wind Energy Could Expand in Eastern Ontario

Supporters of a proposed windfarm in eastern Ontario say 120 turbines could be installed near Lake Ontario to generate electricity for the city of Kingston.

KINGSTON, Ontario, CA, 2002-01-04 [] “It is encouraging that the government of Canada is going to support renewable energy in a major way,” says Volker Thomsen, president of St. Lawrence College, referring to the recent budget proposal of the federal government to provide C$260 million of incentives for the generation of power from wind projects. “Kingston and eastern Ontario could take the lead as the green energy capital of Ontario,” he adds. “The winds off Wolfe Island alone could power 100 to 120 windmills, each creating two megawatts of electricity – enough energy to satisfy the basic electricity requirements of Kingston.” St. Lawrence College recently unveiled its first wind generator at its Cornwall campus. Extensive wind surveys are underway on the Kingston campus, and its Brockville campus will be included in the survey at a later date. The proposed plant, part of a community focus on alternative energy, could use one of the stronger wind regimes in the world. Wolfe Island is located where Lake Ontario enters the St. Lawrence River, and a number of sites with strong wind exist along the River, says Thomsen. Studies on Wolfe Island show average wind speeds of 6.4 meters per second, and wind energy would be popular for consumers when the province of Ontario deregulates in electricity industry in May. The federal budget contains an initial incentive of 1.2¢/kWh for electricity generated from turbines, and will provide a long-term revenue base and attract private sector investment. Canada is expected to ratify the Kyoto Protocol by limiting the use of fossil fuels, and the proposed windfarm would displace half a megatonne of CO2. “Everybody deserves the opportunity to a clean, abundant source of energy that will impact generations to come,” says Thomsen. “If we join forces, we can realize our dream in no time at all.”
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