It’s hard to visit Toronto and NOT see the single wind turbine at Exhibition Place. Today, at about 600 kW and 90 meters tall, that turbine is very small compared to what is being built and approved all over Ontario—and yet, the people of Toronto and visitors to that city, believe it is a symbol of all that is good about “green” power developed from wind energy.
The truth is a little more complicated.
Former bank vice-president Parker Gallant has written an examination of the Exhibition Place turbine: all is not what it seems. His article is in two parts.
A note: whenever wind power developer executives are asked by small town residents whether THEY live anywhere near a turbine, many of them (including Prowind’s president for 5 minutes, Jeffrey Segal, speaking in South Dundas) respond, yes. They mean they live in downtown Toronto, and can see the Ex Place turbine. Not quite the same thing, is it?
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