Wind Wire: More wind helping to phase out coal

CANADA: More than 1.2GW of new wind generation is expected online on Ontario over the next 18 months, doubling the province's installed capacity and helping provide the new generation needed to phase out coal plants.

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The province plans to eliminate coal by 2014, with four generating units and combined capacity of 1.91GW scheduled to be shut down later this year. Ontario currently has 6,315MW of coal-fired capacity provided by 15 units which operate at four plants. "We're in the best supply situation in a decade as a result of the new generation and transmission facilities added over the past five years, and we're making good progress towards removing coal from the fuel mix," says Bruce Campbell, vice-president of resource integration at the Independent Electric System Operator (IESO). Electricity consumption in Ontario is expected to show modest growth in 2010 and 2011 with increases of 1.5% and 0.3%, respectively, as the economy picks up, the IESO says in its latest 18-month outlook.

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