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Wind Power Generation in Ontario

Ontario is at the forefront of wind energy in Canada, with more than 1,700 MW of wind generation capacity connected to the province's power grid.

As system operator, the IESO plays a fundamental role in helping bring wind projects into service and ensuring that Ontario's power system can effectively support increased levels of wind generation.

Wind energy is generated by wind turbines in large wind farms connected to the transmission grid or as smaller installations within a distribution service area.

Large-scale wind farms in operation in Ontario include:

Amaranth (I and II) Wind Farm (200 MW)

Prince Wind Projects (I and II) (189 MW)

Kingsbridge Wind Power (40 MW)

Ripley Wind Power Project
(76 MW)

Port Alma (T1) (101 MW)

Underwood Wind Farm (182 MW)

Port Burwell Wind Farm (99 MW)

Wolfe Island Wind Power Project (198 MW)

Port Alma (T3)* (101 MW)

Gosfield Wind Project (50 MW)

Spence Wind Farm (Talbot)
(99 MW)

Dillon Wind Centre (Raleigh) (78 MW)

Greenwich Wind Farm (99 MW)

Pointe Aux Roches (49 MW)

Comber Wind Limited Partnership (166 MW)

 

* Formerly known as the Kruger Energy Chatham Wind Project

 

The following wind projects are scheduled to come in service by Winter 2015:

East Lake St. Clair Wind (99 MW)

 

Conestogo Wind Energy Centre 1 (69 MW)

2013-Q3

Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre (125 MW)

2013-Q3

Erieau Wind (99MW)

2013-Q3

McLean's Mountain Wind Farm (60 MW)

2013-Q4

Bow Lake Phase 1 (20 MW)

2014-Q1

Port Dover and Nanticoke Wind Project (105 MW)

2014-Q1

Dufferin Wind Farm (100 MW)

2014-Q1

Nigig Power Corporation (300 MW)

2014-Q1

Niagara Region Wind Farm (230 MW)

2014-Q1

Haldimand Wind Project (150 MW)

2014-Q1

South Kent Wind Project (270 MW)

2014-Q1

Amherst Island (75 MW)

2014-Q2

Goulais Wind Farm (25 MW)

2014-Q2

Bow Lake Phase 2 (40 MW)

2014-Q2

Adelaide Wind Power Project (40MW)

2014-Q3

Bornish Wind Energy Centre (74 MW)

2014-Q3

Grand Bend Wind Farm (100 MW)

2014-Q3

Grand Valley Wind Farms (Phase 3) (40 MW)

2014-Q3

Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm (25 MW)

2014-Q3

Cedar Point Wind Power Project Phase II (100 MW)

2014-Q3

Adelaide Wind Energy Centre (60 MW)

2014-Q3

Bluewater Wind Energy Centre (60 MW)

2014-Q3

Goshen Wind Energy Centre (102 MW)

2014-Q3

Jericho Wind Energy Centre (150 MW)

2014-Q3

White Pines Wind Farm (60 MW)

2014-Q3

Armow Wind Project (180 MW)

2014-Q4

K2 Wind Project (270 MW)

2014-Q4

Although wind power generation is dependent on weather conditions, temperature and even the season, wind facilities connected to the IESO grid now have the ability to be dispatched, providing operators with another source of flexibility to meet ramping requirements as demand for electricity increases and decreases over the day.

IESO centralized wind forecasting also helps address the variable nature of this energy supply, as it allows the IESO to understand the periods of time in which they can expect greater or lower levels of wind generation. With this knowledge, the IESO will be better able to manage all the province’s electricity resources used to meet Ontario’s needs. For more information visit Centralized Forecasting.

IESO WIND TRACKER

See how wind power is helping to meet Ontario's electricity needs. This information does not include wind generation capacity located outside the transmission grid.

To embed the IESO Wind Tracker on your web page or blog post, click here for more information.

Note: This data is updated every hour, however, there is a one hour time delay in publishing the results.


WIND GENERATION IN ONTARIO

Ontario’s wind generators are located across the province – ensuring a diversity of wind energy supply.  This map shows large scale wind generation facilities directly connected to the grid.

Click to see an interactive wind power map for Ontario
Download a PDF map of Renewable Energy in Ontario.


SOLAR GENERATION IN ONTARIO

Solar will be soon joining wind generation on the transmission-level grid. The first solar project is expected to come into service in early 2014.

The following solar projects are scheduled to come in service by Winter 2015:

Haldimand Solar Project (100 MW)

2014-Q1

Silvercreek Solar Park (10 MW)

2014-Q3

Liskeard 1 (10 MW)

2014-Q3

Liskeard 2 (10 MW)

2014-Q3

Liskeard 3 (10 MW)

2014-Q3

Northland Power Solar Abitibi (10 MW)

2014-Q3

Northland Power Solar Empire (10 MW)

2014-Q3

Northland Power Solar Long Lake (10 MW)

2014-Q3

Northland Power Solar Martin’s Meadows (10 MW)

2014-Q3

Kingston Solar Project (100 MW)

2014-Q4


An estimated 2,400 megawatts (MW) of embedded solar and wind generation are expected to be in service by February 2015