Generating 179 megawatts of power from Miekle Wind instead of from coal contributes to cleaner air and conserves water resources:

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Carbon Dioxide Emissions Offset

627,000 tonnes/year 
Equivalent to taking 123,000 cars off the road each year

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Other Emissions Offset

Sulfur Dioxide
1,800 tonnes/year

Nitrogen Oxides
1,000 tonnes/year

Mercury
11 kg/year

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Water Conserved


1,127,900,000 liters/year 
Enough to supply 8,750 people/year

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

 

Sources: Emissions offset calculations use estimated electricity production for the 100 MW Belle River Wind facility compared to emission rates from the Nanticoke coal plant provided in the Ministry of the Environment’s report Coal Fired Electricity Generation in Ontario (2001). The cars equivalence assumes a typical passenger vehicle produces 5.1 metric tons of CO2 per year, based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Greenhouse Gas Emissions from a Typical Passenger Vehicle (2011). The water savings assumes coal-fired generation uses 2,048 litres/MWh, as calculated by the American Wind Energy Association. The "people supplied" figure is based on Environment Canada’s Municipal Water Use Report (2011), which assumes 225 litres/day per Ontario resident.