The Ontario government is producing an online resource map that will allow users to find the wind speed and wind power density for any part of the province. The map, which will be available to the public in the spring, is the first component of a more comprehensive wind atlas that is under development. The atlas will offer real-time wind forecasting, identify migratory bird paths, breeding habitat and weather sensitivities such as fog and ice and will evaluate the economics of setting up wind farms in different areas of the province. Ontario has approved applications from 16 developers who want to assess the wind energy potential at 21 sites on government-owned land. Although Ontario's natural resources ministry did not reveal the names of the developers, it did say many are active in the Canadian and US wind markets.
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