A two year, CAD 10,000 wind resource study was scheduled to begin this month in Welland, near Niagara Falls in southwest Ontario. The study could provide data to support development of a wind farm later. The venture, however, needs the co-operation of Ontario Hydro, the gatekeeper for nearly all independent power ventures in Ontario. Nevertheless, Mike Fournier, of MRF Research, is negotiating with local, regional, provincial and federal interests to obtain rights to land along the Welland Canal, which connects Lake Ontario to Lake Erie. Fournier says the project would comprise between eight and nine Micon 600 kW wind turbines from Denmark. He is liaising with Micon USA in Minnesota as well as seeking other corporate supporters. According to Fournier, the Niagara Peninsula has unusually strong and steady winds. Local airport data suggest average wind speeds above 5 m/s. Thesea are being measured for 1000 acres of land along the ten metre elevated borders of the canal, known as berms. Fournier anticipates the co-operation of Stelco, Canada's largest steelmaker. It may be interested in manufacturing towers for the turbines.
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