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Wind is one of the oldest sources of renewable energy. Long before the first wind farm was built, wind was used to pump water or to grind grains in mills.
Today, wind is harnessed on both large and small-scale bases to generate electricity. Most large wind farms are found in areas where the wind blows without nearby structures, such as offshore or in some coastal areas.
Wind power can be an economical and viable contributor to Ontario's electricity supply mix. See the wind tracker at the bottom of the page for the current output.
Q3 2014 Update
By the end of the reporting period, the OPA was managing 5,697 MW of combined capacity from wind projects, 3,066 MW in commercial operation and 2,631 MW under development.
All of the capacity from projects that are currently under development is scheduled to be in-service at or before the end of 2018.
Facilities in commercial operation (2,853 MW)
Projects under development (2,862 MW)