Wind Turbines for the Shores of Lake
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
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."