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Toronto wind turbine
1 February 1998
The former Toronto Hydro Electric Commission, in one of its last actions in December, resolved that Ontario Hydro erect a wind turbine in Toronto. Part of Ontario Hydro's "Clear Choice" renewable energy programme, a 600 kW unit -- its make yet undecided -- is planned to be built at Ontario Place on the city's waterfront. The electricity it generates will be fed into the grid of Toronto Hydro, which from January 1 has expanded to encompass the wider boundaries of the City of Toronto. Ontario Hydro launched the pilot "Clear Choice" programme in November, with the purpose of supplying green electricity to businesses and municipalities from green generation sources. In November, Toronto Hydro resolved to wheel power to customers for renewable energy projects when it is "legally able" to do so, according to former Toronto Hydro commissioner Jack Gibbons. Environmental group Energy Probe opposes the "Clear Choice" arrangement. The group's Tom Adams warns that the programme has the potential to allow the utility to monopolise the development and ownership of new green generation at the expense of community development, ownership and control.
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