Winnipeg Free Press, by Bruce Owen
More wind power might not be on the table for Manitoba Hydro now, but it has looked at the possibility of building a 100-megawatt wind farm not near Lake Manitoba, but in it. Like offshore wind turbines in Europe and the United Kingdom, Hydro has looked at locating massive wind turbines in Canada’s 13th-largest lake, taking up 2,000 to 4,000 hectares.
In a report to the Public Utilities Board, Hydro says there are drawbacks: The lack of experience with it in North America (there are no offshore wind farms in North America); The high cost of integrating it with the grid with underwater cables and; Dealing with winter ice. A 2012 best-guess estimate says it would cost $400-$760 million. Read article