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Pickering Picks Up Wind Power

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The largest wind turbine in North America is being built by Ontario Power Generation at its nuclear power plant in Pickering, Ont. At a cost of $3 million, the 30-storey high turbine will produce enough electricity to power 800 homes, or 1.8 megawatts of electricity.

The largest wind turbine in North America is being built by Ontario Power Generation at its nuclear power plant in Pickering, Ont. At a cost of $3 million, the 30-storey high turbine will produce enough electricity to power 800 homes, or 1.8 megawatts of electricity. A typical wind turbine is less than 20 storeys tall and produces about 600 kilowatts. In total, Canada produces 140 megawatts of wind energy, with Quebec and Alberta leading the country in wind energy generation. The US produces 4,500 total megawatts of electricity and Germany generates 6,000 megawatts.

< thestar.com > August 20, 2001

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