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Tour/Technical Presentation Announcement
These events are organized by various sub-sets of the IEEE Toronto Section. The contact person listed below is the volunteer who has arranged this event. Please use the e-mail link provided if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.

Tour Pickering Wind Turbine Generating Station
Day and Time Wednesday, September 17, 2003 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.       (a light supper will be provided at 6:30 p.m.)
Location/Schedule 4:30-4:45 Arrive at the parking lot in Alex Robertson Park. Registration confirmation, pass security and walk to Pickering wind turbine. (Photo ID and appropriate shoes are required. The road is covered by crushed stones and might be muddy.)
4:45-5:00 Wind turbine tour, including viewing of the inside structure
5:00-5:05 Walk to the Theatre at the Pickering Information Centre
5:05-6:15 Project and technical presentations
6:15-6:30 Q & A
6:30-7:00 Networking and light supper at the Theatre
Driving directions: PDF File
Organizers Power Engineering Chapter
Engineering & Human Environment Chapter
Contact Rongliang Chen, E-mail:
Ed Lovrek, E-mail:
Fee IEEE Member - free
Non-IEEE Member - $5.00 per person, (cash only, payable during registration confirmation at site).
Registration Required Please register by September 15, 2003, indicating your IEEE membership number if you are a member, with Jane Zhao, E-mail: or 416.748.4424 ext. 5558
Transportation Coordination Carpools from Scarborough Town Centre and perhaps other locations may be arranged if sufficient interest. Please indicate at time of registration whether you would be interested in travelling in or providing a carpool vehicle.
Presentation Wind Turbine Generation - Implications for Power Systems and Society
Speakers Charles Edey, Senior Business Development Officer,
Ontario Power Generation

David J. Young, P.Eng., Principal Energy Engineer,
Green Energy Systems, Kinectrics Inc.


Wind turbine generators (WTGs) are becoming the fastest growing and least expensive source of new power generation in the world. The USA installed 400 MW of wind capacity in 2002, while Europe collectively added more than 5,800 MW to their installed capacity in the same period.

OPG's Pickering Wind Generating Station, one of North America's largest wind turbines, a 1.8 MW, 117-metre high wind machine commissioned in 2001. In 2002 it produced about 2.9 gigawatt hours of electricity during its first full year of operation.

Recent increases in North American fuel prices have made WTGs more attractive than new gas turbine stations. This situation has major implications for society and power systems alike, and the following points will be addressed:
- Pickering wind turbine generation project
- Modern WTGs, their sizes and characteristics
- Wind resources in Ontario versus other areas of the world
- World installed capacity of WTGs and Ontario and Canada status
- Costs of wind power developments
- Barriers to wind project siting
- Grid integration and impact on operations
- Models for WTG studies
- Special issues of WTG protection
- Wind turbine maintenance and life
- Prospects for using storage to improve WTG availability
- Offshore WTGs, the new 'farmland'


Charles Edey, Senior Business Development Officer, Ontario Power Generation

Charles Edey is the Senior Business Development officer in Business Development Division of Ontario Power Generation. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is a new company set up following the break up of Ontario Hydro in 1999 to manage Hydro's generation assets.

Chuck is responsible for adding new green power supply to OPG's generation portfolio through new build programs and the purchases of Green Power. In this role he is also directly responsible for the development of Wind Energy Generation for OPG.

Mr. Edey has over 23 years of experience in the energy business with OPG and the former Ontario Hydro. He has worked on both the production and the contract sides of the business. He also spent time as the utility manger of the Bruce Energy Centre a sustainable energy park. He has extensive expertise in project management, contracts for power purchases and other strategic initiatives affecting electrical utility planning and operations.

He was first educated in Sudbury in Industrial Instrumentation Engineering and is a Licensed Electrician, trained in Wind Site Assessment and Project Management.

At Ontario Hydro (now OPG), Chuck participated in developing and implementing a sustainable energy development strategy with particular emphasis on renewable such as wind generation. Starting as the Hydro Rep for the first commercial Turbine in Ontario in 1995, he has been continuing to be instrumental in providing leadership in the development and promotion of opportunities for the use of renewable energy technologies. He was the project manager of the Pickering Wind Project and Ontario's first Commercial wind farm, Huron Wind. He is currently working on several new initiatives in Wind Industry.

David J. Young, P.Eng., Principal Energy Engineer, Green Energy Systems, Kinectrics Inc.

Dave Young graduated in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and is a registered professional engineer in Ontario. He has over 28 years of experience in energy management and the design, construction, and implementation of energy-related and renewables projects such as solar thermal, solar photovoltaics (PV), wind turbine generators, and small hydro facilities.

He is currently a Principal Engineer in the Emerging Energy Technologies Business of Kinectrics Inc. in Toronto. In the early '90s, Mr. Young served on the DSM Business Development Project, a joint Ministry of Energy and Ontario Hydro program to assist manufacturers of energy-efficient products. Later, in the Sustainable Development Department of Ontario Hydro Technologies, Mr. Young managed sustainable energy development projects in support of corporate goals and community energy awareness initiatives in the Province.

More recently, Mr. Young designed and managed the installation of municipally-owned wind turbine generator facilities for net metering installations in southern and northern Ontario. A demonstration wind turbine (40 kW) on the Kinectrics site in Toronto was the first urban wind power development in Canada. Mr. Young also carries out evaluation, design and project-construction activities on mini-hydro stations for clients here and in the USA.

Mr. Young is a member of the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Renewables and participates in developing, reviewing and approving new standards in the emerging green energy industry.

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