Author: Siobhan McClelland, Canadian Geographic
Publish Date: Oct 3, 2013 Last Update: Sep 21, 2018
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.
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