June 18, 2004
FREDERICTON (CNB) - NB Power and Eastern Wind Power Inc. are finalizing the terms of a power purchase agreement for a 20 MW wind farm at Dark Harbour on the western coast of Grand Manan.
Based in Quispamsis, Eastern Wind Power is a subsidiary of Western Wind Inc., which has wind projects in western Canada and the United States. The company was the successful proponent following a public request for proposal process, and NB Power has issued a letter of intent to finalize the power purchase agreement.
The proposed wind farm, to be developed, owned and operated by Eastern Wind, will have 11 turbines, each 78 metres high with three blades that are 39 metres long.
NB Power Distribution and Customer Service intends to purchase the output and environmental attributes from the project through a 20-year power purchase agreement. The project would produce zero emission energy that will displace a similar quantity of fossil-fired generation. The wind farm is expected to be generating electricity as early as the fall 2005.
This is the first phase of NB Power's long-term objective to acquire 100 MW from renewable energy projects by 2010.
This approach to energy development - involving the private sector and giving priority to renewable resources - aligns with the new Electricity Act and the provincial government's energy policy orientation. The Department of Energy recently retained Synapse Energy to identify how renewable portfolio standards can be implemented, while taking into consideration the economic imperatives of the energy sector in the province.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bob Scott, NB Power, 506-458-6850.