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March 12, 2009

Wind Generation in Ontario Sets a Record

CANADA/ENVIRONMENT - Wind generation in Ontario achieved record output on March 11th (yesterday). Over a 24-hour period, wind energy created 16,585 megawatt hours (MWh), which is enough electricity to power the homes and businesses of 550,000 people for 24 hours.

The record is due to a combination of more wind turbines being installed and a particularly windy day yesterday.

The hourly average wind output for the day was 691 megawatts (MW), with a high output of 781 MW and a low output of 419 MW.

"The strong winds yesterday translated into record levels of electricity produced by wind turbines located throughout the province," said Ken Kozlik, Chief Operating Officer of the IESO. "Ontario is making significant progress in its efforts to phase out coalfired generation and develop a greener, more sustainable supply mix, which will lead to more recordbreaking days."

With nearly 900 MW of wind capacity providing energy into the electricity
market, Ontario is leading Canada in wind generation capacity. The IESO
forecasts that at least two terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity will be
produced by wind farms over the next year.

NOTE: 1 terawatt = 1 billion kilowatts

See Also:
Building a Wind Turbine Factory in Ontario
The Solar Powered Myth
Home Energy Saving Tips
Solar Power becoming Profitable
Ontario Goes Nuclear
Canada's Electricity Problems
Ontario wind power gets $1.3 billion

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