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    Wind energy: Harnessing the wind's power


    Author: Siobhan McClelland, Canadian Geographic

    Publish Date: Oct 3, 2013   Last Update: Sep 21, 2018


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    Wind hits the turbine’s blades, which turn a series of internal components connected to a generator to create electricity.

    Quebec, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island are leading producers of wind energy. Other small wind-generated electricity isolated systems are found across Canada.

    Wind turbines use blades to collect the wind’s energy relating to motion. Wind flows over the blades creating lift, which causes the blades to turn. The blades are connected to a drive shaft that turns an electric generator. The best places for wind farms are areas with strong winds, such as hills, open fields and near coastlines.

    In Quebec, vast hydroelectric supplies can be used to back-up intermittent generation sources such as wind. Ontario leads Canada in wind capacity. In 2013, the Diavik Diamond Mine installed four wind turbines to provide electricity for their diesel microgrid at Lac de Gras.

    Since wind power does not produce greenhouse gas emissions, it is considered a more environmentally friendly energy source. Concerns include view obstruction, land disputes, noise, and harm to birds and bats.


    OCT 3, 2013 | DEMAND

    Wind energy: Power for millions of homes


    OCT 3, 2013 | TRANSMISSION

    Wind energy: From the turbine to our homes

    As the generator in a wind turbine creates electricity, a local transformer near the turbine sends it through transmission and distribution lines to users. The electricity can be used locally or put into the electric grid for use farther away.


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