In 1998, the Ontario Medical Association declared air pollution a public health crisis in Ontario, with coal-fired power plants being significant contributors to the smog problem.

The Province committed to phasing out coal-fired generation in 2002, and wind energy development helped Ontario meet that goal in 2014. Today, wind turbines harness wind across the Province and generate clean, homegrown energy without harmful emissions.

Benefits of Wind Energy

Wind...

  • Is an inexhaustible resource
  • Reduces reliance on imported fuel
  • Benefits the environment and helps fight climate change
  • Is compatible with mixed land use: grazing, agriculture and hunting
  • Creates job opportunities in local areas
  • Provides a steady income to farmers and property owners
  • Strengthens the local tax base, helping to improve town services, including schools, police and fire departments
  • Provides more direct economic impacts than new fossil fuel plants
  • Produces energy with stable production costs, offering a hedge against other energy sources with volatile fuel markets
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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Offset

 
851,000 tonnes/year 
200,000 car equivalent


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Other Emissions Offset

Sulphur Dioxide Reduced
4,100 tonnes/year

Nitrogen Oxides Reduced
1,200 tonnes/year

Mercury Reduced
13.4 kg/year

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Water Conserved 


1,959,100,000 liters/year 
Enough to supply 23,900 Ontarians/year

Sources: Emissions offset calculations use estimated electricity production compared to emission rates from the Nanticoke coal plant provided in the Ministry of Energy's report Coal-Fired Electricity Generation in Ontario (2001). The HIW annual electricity production estimate was updated in December 2017. Car comparison assumes typical passenger vehicles produce 4.7 tonnes of Co2per year per U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle (2011). As calculated by the American Wind Energy Association, the water savings assumes coal-fired generation uses 2,048 litres/MWh. The "people supplied" figure is based on Environment Canada's Municipal Water Use Report (2011), which assumes 225 litres/day per Ontario resident.