The discovery by electric utility Ontario Hydro that wind speeds are far greater in the province than originally believed is stimulating the utility's interest in wind power. "The breakthrough in Ontario wind activities came after Ontario Hydro started to consider wind speeds at higher elevations and got away from airport data that caused people to say there is no wind in Ontario," says Wilf Moll of Ontario Hydro Technologies (OHT), a business unit of Ontario Hydro. The utility owns Canada's largest operating wind turbine at Kincardine, a Tacke 600 kW, where wind speeds average 6 m/s at 30 metres, considerably more than revealed by standard airport measurements at ten metres.
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