Positive Forecast for Ontario's Wind Sector



    Ontario's System Operator to Launch Centralized Wind Forecasting

    TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - Ontario leads the country with almost 1,200 MW
of installed wind energy capacity and the Independent Electricity System
Operator (IESO) is stepping up its efforts to improve the integration of wind
energy into the province's power system. Ontario's IESO today announced that
it will launch a centralized wind forecasting service on behalf of wind
generators, expected to start in 2010.
    "Ontario has been making great strides to install wind power in Ontario,
increasing capacity this year by more than 50 per cent," says Paul Murphy,
President and Chief Executive Officer of the IESO. "Due to the variable nature
of wind generation, accurate wind forecasting is essential to the operation of
an efficient and reliable power system."

    
    Centralized wind forecasting will provide a number of benefits by:
    -   Improving forecast accuracy and consistency to further enhance system
        reliability
    -   Supporting the expansion of wind generation within distribution
        service areas
     -  Reducing the administrative burden on wind generators

    The IESO has also developed other initiatives to support the integration
of wind energy into the provincial supply mix, including:
    -   Enhancing the IESO's forecast methods to account for wind output's
        higher performance during winter and shoulder seasons, when wind
        tends to be stronger;
    -   Pursuing new opportunities to refine existing reliability procedures
        and processes so that wind can take on an even greater role in
        meeting Ontario's electricity needs; and
    -   Introducing a webbased IESO Wind Tracker that graphically displays
        hourly wind output from the province's largescale wind farms. Users
        can embed this tool on blogs and websites by copying a link available
        at www.ieso.ca/windtracker.
    

    "Ontario has become the leading North American jurisdiction for green
power due to our successes in wind power," says George Smitherman, Ontario's
Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. "Today, I am pleased
that the IESO and our energy partners are helping Ontario take another
important step forward as we build a greener and reliable energy supply."

    The IESO is responsible for managing Ontarios bulk electricity power
system and operating the wholesale market. For more information, please visit
www.ieso.ca.





For further information:

For further information: IESO Communications, (416) 506-2823,
media@ieso.ca


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