Ontario Approves New Wind-Power Projects

The Canadian press reports that Ontario's government has approved nine new renewable energy projects. That means that about a thousand new wind turbines will be built, with most of them expected to be operational by the end of 2007. "The projects will be located across the province in towns such as Kincardine, Goderich, Sault Ste. Marie and Kingston. All have signed 20-year contracts with the Ontario Power Authority and will be paid 8.64 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity produced." These projects should help Ontario reach its goal of having 10% of its production (around 2,700 megawatts) come from renewables by 2010.
The nine projects were chosen from 22 proposals, totalling 2,029 megawatts of generation.

The projects include:

-- Island Falls Hydroelectric Project at Smooth Rock Falls, north of Timmins; 20 megawatts.

-- Kingsbridge II Wind Power Project at Goderich, north of Sarnia; 158.7 megawatts.

-- Kruger Energy Port Alma at Port Alma, south of Chatham; 101.2 megawatts.

-- Enbridge's Leader Wind Project A at Kincardine, on the shores of Lake Huron north of London; 100.65 megawatts.

-- Enbridge's Leader Wind Project B at Kincardine; 99 megawatts.

-- Melancthon II Wind Project at Shelburne, northwest of Mississauga; 132 megawatts.

-- Prince II Wind Power Project at Sault Ste. Marie; 90 megawatts.

-- Ripley Wind Power Project at Ripley, south of Kincardine; 76 megawatts.

-- Wolfe Island Wind Project at Kingston; 197.8 megawatts.

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