Ontario puts 190 MW project online

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Canada's first new installed wind capacity of 2009 has come on line in Ontario. Enbridge, a developer based in Calgary, celebrated the official opening of its 190 MW Ontario Wind Power project, on a 20,000-hectare site on the shore of Lake Huron, in early April. Five of the facility's Vestas 1.65 MW turbines sell their power under a fixed-priced standard offer contract and reached commercial operation last October. The remaining 110 turbines, which completed installation in mid-February, won a power purchase agreement in a competitive request for proposals process completed in 2005. Ontario energy minister George Smitherman, who introduced new legislation in March laying fixed power purchase prices for future wind generation, spoke at the opening (Windpower Monthly, April 2009). He said the proposed Green Energy Act would help "transform Ontario's electricity generation system into one of the cleanest, greenest energy supply mixes in the world." About 50 protesters also attended, greeting officials with placards expressing concerns over health issues and the visual impact from wind turbines and the loss of local control over projects if the Green Energy Act, which sets province wide standards for turbine siting and bypasses the planning authority of municipalities, becomes law. The Enbridge project brings Ontario's installed wind capacity to nearly 964 MW.

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