Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
The Renewable Energy Atlas is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for the purpose of identifying ideal locations for wind and water energy resource development.
The Wind Resource Section provides complete coverage of the Province of Ontario for wind speed and wind power at 10, 30, 50, 80 and 100m above ground level. "Wind Information Data" can be browsed for each pixel, showing the following data: average wind speed and power at five heights, wind rose and wind speed distribution at 30m and 80m, graphs of daily, monthly and annual variation in avergae wind speed at 30m and 80m, and a "Turbine Formula", which can be used to predict the theoretical output of a turbine at that location.
The Waterpower Resource Section identifies sites with Waterpower Potential as well as existing Waterpower Generating Stations. Waterpower reports are available for rivers, tertiary watersheds, or the province and contain measurements relating to flow, drainage, and power capacity.
The atlas also has the following supplementary layers: Climate Monitoring Stations, Landuse (including Provincial Parks, Conservation Reserves, Natural Heritage Values Areas, Enhanced Management Areas, National Parks, ANSI's, Wilderness Areas, Crown Game Reserves, and Land Ownership), Administrative Boundaries (Including Province, MNR District, Wildlife Management Units, Upper Tier Municipalities and Lower Tier Municipalities), Water, Roads, Powerlines, and Railways
Please note that no geospatial data are available for download from this website.
Ontario Wind Resource Atlas [online map]. Peterborough, ON: The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, 2007.