Wind farm helps end coal use: Smitherman

The Enbridge wind turbine project near Underwood is a step toward eliminating coal-fired electricity generation, Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure George Smitherman said Friday at the project’s official opening.

It also provides economic stimulus for farmers, increases the tax base and provides employment, he said.

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2 thoughts on “Wind farm helps end coal use: Smitherman

  1. Ha ha ha, nice try Smitherman, does this man understand the absurd nature of that remark, Wind is intermittent it cannot, even if we built a large wind turbine every day, come close to the energy that coal is providing us right now. Why would they be proposing the construction of new natural gas plants if wind could ‘replace’ coal? Because Smitherman knows its a lie and he realizes like anyone who knows something about renewables that we cannot live on them alone you need a base-load system, why make it something that will increase exponentially in cost in the coming years?

  2. Wind energy will not reduce the use of coal. The natural gas generating stations that the Ontario government is building will actually replace the coal. Wind energy is not dispatchable. It would be a better use of resources to build more base load nuclear and combine it with hydro-electric and natural gas for peak load. Unfortunately, Premier McGuinty is spending our grocery money on pop and chips instead of meat and potatoes.

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