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Wind Turbines for the Shores of Lake Huron
Published June 23, 2004

Edmonton, Canada - The winds whipping up speed along lake Huron's flat expanse may soon be harnessed for power on the Canadian shores thanks to an agreement between the EPCOR Power Development Corporation and Port Albert Wind Farm Ltd (PAWF). The deal should lay the groundwork for EPCOR to substantially increase Canada's wind generation capacity.

Under the terms of the agreement, EPCOR acquired the right to a 53.6 MW wind farm proposed for a site near Port Albert, located 200 km west of Toronto, near the shore of Lake Huron. The wind farm project will be submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Energy by July 30, 2004, as part of the Ontario government's RFP process to develop alternative energy sources.

"EPCOR has over 100 years of history in developing power projects, and has built an exceptional range of expertise in both conventional and alternative power technologies," said Chris Heffring, President of EPCOR Power Development Corporation. "This experience will ensure that EPCOR develops a proposal that is technically sound and on a scale that helps Canada achieve its wind power potential."

EPCOR's work in designing, constructing and operating alternative and renewable energy projects includes small hydro, wind power, solar, and land fill gas. EPCOR is currently building what they call Canada's "most technologically advanced" coal fired facility, Genesee Phase 3 (GP3). With GP3, EPCOR has made a commitment to reduce and offset CO(2) emissions to the equivalent of a combined cycle natural gas plant. Substantial reductions of other emissions will be achieved through use of an advanced technology suite.

"Canadians are looking to government and the private sector to work together to develop new clean energy projects," said Heffring. "The Ontario government's RFP for renewable energy projects is an effective response to the challenge of building new renewable generation. The process will allow the private sector to become involved in a well managed and effectively regulated process."


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