Ontario Sets Wind Production Records

New records for Ontario’s wind production are being set.

The IESO reports that Ontario produced 1.04 TWh of electricity in 2007, more than double the 2006 figure.  The IESO only reports on production from IESO registered facilities which are larger than 10 MW, so it is likely missing production from Huron Wind, Ferndale, Pickering, and the CNE.

To put it in perspective, Ontario consumed about 155 TWh last year.  Nuclear supplied 80.9 TWh, down 3.5 TWh, reflecting problems with the nuclear fleet.  The nuclear fleet is off to a good start in 2008 – all of Ontario’s nuclear reactors are working this morning (except for the 4 laid up units).   Hydroelectricity supplied 21%, coal supplied 18%, and other sources, including natural gas, wind, and biomass supplied 9%.

I am told that when Ravenswood is commissioned, Ontario’s wind capacity will pass 500 MW.  That is quite an increase from 2004, when Ontario had only 14.5 MW installed.

There are 700 MW of additional wind capacity scheduled to be installed over the next 18 months.

The record breaking is sure to continue, and wind will continue to progress to its rightful place in the supply mix.

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