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A Tacke 600 kW wind turbine will almost certainly be chosen to supply electricity to Toronto residents under a new utility green pricing scheme (Windpower Monthly, December 1996). It is expected they will pay a premium of C$0.05-0.06/kWh, amounting to about $10 per month for 2500 participants, according to Jerry McNeil of Toronto Hydro. The project partners, which besides Ontario Hydro include the City of Toronto and an environmental group, Pollution Probe, are conducting a market survey for the turbine output. Ontario Hydro's Brian Kelly expects the project to pay for itself and hopes to establish a green energy fund in Toronto to finance additional projects.

Meantime, Tacke Windpower, the Canadian arm of German Tacke Windtechnik, was presented with a government "technology transfer award" in November at the annual conference of the Independent Power Producers' Society of Ontario. The award recognises "significant achievements in transferring energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies," and honours the performance of Tacke's single turbine in Canada, at the Bruce nuclear plant. The public purse has contributed $400,000 toward setting up production of Canadian versions of the Tacke turbine, including support of a manufacturing facility.

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