By KEVIN SLEEPER A look at wind farms in western Ontario and across the country.
Wind farms in Ontario.
Wind turbines in the Wind River region.
Wind turbines in Wind River.
Wind farm in Ontario and western Canada.
Wind energy is now on the radar screen of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government.
Ontario’s energy minister says wind energy will be one of the big issues in the May election.
The Liberal government has long promised to increase wind energy production in the province.
But it has been slow to announce the details of what the province’s wind farm boom will look like.
The Liberals have promised to create a 1.3-million-square-foot (2.4-million square-meter) solar farm at a site near Windsor.
Wynne said Tuesday the new solar farm will provide “a significant boost to Ontario’s renewable energy economy,” but said she hasn’t had a chance to see it in action yet.
“I don’t know where the farm will be constructed and the location,” Wynne said at a news conference.
“We have not actually seen it yet.”
Wind turbines near Windsor, Ont.
Wind towers at a wind farm in Windstream, N.L.
Wind turbine on a farm in Westmount, Que.
Windfarm in Ontario near Sudbury, Ont., in 2015.
Windy Mountain wind farm near Ontario in 2018.
Windmill in a wind field in Pincher Lake, Man., in 2017.(AP Photo/Gregor Reuter)Wind farms can create jobs in the energy sector, but they can also generate massive emissions.
They can also have serious health impacts, including respiratory problems and a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Ontarians are concerned about the impact of the wind industry on their health, especially when the industry generates so much electricity.
Wind is an energy source that comes with a lot of environmental and health impacts.
It’s also one of Canada’s largest sources of greenhouse gases, according to a new study by the Ontario-based Centre for Policy Alternatives.
Wind, which produces electricity from wind turbines, can create pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, including mercury and other pollutants.
The Centre for Public Policy Alternations analyzed data on wind farms across Canada and found the number of wind farms added in Ontario in the last decade surpassed those that have been closed for maintenance and operation in the previous five years.
It found there are now 7,600 wind farms, which is more than 10 per cent of the nation’s total wind capacity.
Winds turbines on the Ontario side of the border in Ontario.(AP photo/Gregory Reuter and Jeff McIntosh)The Ontario Liberal government also says it is committed to protecting air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emission, including from new wind farms.
The provincial government says the proposed Windstream farm will reduce air pollution by about 20 per cent, which it says is equivalent to reducing emissions from all of Ontario’s 1.6 million cars.
Warnings of a potential decline in Ontario’s wind energy sector prompted Wynne to say Tuesday that the government will announce a plan in the coming months to invest in renewable energy.
Ontarian Premier Kathleen Whitlam (left) speaks during a press conference with Ontario Premier Jennifer Whitlam at the Ontario legislature in London, Ont.(AP: Andrew Vaughan)”We’re going to announce a new investment strategy,” Wynne told reporters in London.
“And it will be the kind of investment strategy that will help Ontarians take on this challenge.”
Wynn said the government has been talking to a variety of experts about how to increase Ontario’s reliance on renewable energy and create jobs.
Wind-generated electricity is the primary source of electricity in Ontario, but wind turbines are also an important part of the grid.
The Ontario government plans to increase the size of wind turbines in 2020 to more than 1.7 million square meters (4.1 million square feet), but it also said it will require developers to make their turbines more efficient to reduce emissions.