Project Development, Wind Power

Canada’s Largest Wind Farm Commissioned

The McBride Lake Wind Farm, Canada’s Largest wind farm at a single site, is now capturing the southern Alberta winds as Enmax Corporation and Vision Quest Windelectric announced the official commissioning of the CAD$100 (US$74) million renewable energy project.

Calgary, Canada – September 29, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “Renewable energy is an integral part of the choice we offer Alberta consumers,” said Sean Durfy ENMAX Energy president and chief operating officer. “The McBride Lake Wind Farm reinforces our unwavering commitment to developing renewable energy and offering electricity customers a tangible way they can make their personal contribution to a healthier environment.” The 114-wind turbine, 75 MW electricity generating facility will produce about 235,000 MWh/year of electricity – enough energy to power more than 32,500 homes annually. “Wind power development is a huge economic and environmental opportunity for Alberta,” said Fred Gallagher, Managing Director of Vision Quest. “Alberta is becoming Canada’s renewable energy leader and Vision Quest is the largest owner and operator of wind energy in Canada.” Construction on the wind farm began in November 2002. Power first flowed in February 2003 and the last turbine was commissioned on June 21, 2003. Vision Quest and ENMAX, through its wholly owned subsidiary ENMAX Green Power Inc., are equal partners in construction and ownership of the wind farm, located eight kilometers south of Fort Macleod at McBride Lake. Vision Quest will operate the facility and ENMAX will purchase the electrical output. The project is supported by the Government of Canada’s CAD$260 (US$191) million Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) program which will increase the amount of wind power in Canada by 500 percent. The Government of Canada contribution to the McBride Lake Wind Farm is approximately CAD$33 (US$ 24) million over 10 years. The Government of Canada has committed more than CAD$3.7 billion to climate change programs and to the development of leading edge technologies, including CAD$2 billion in Budget 2003 alone. This builds on CAD$1.7 billion the Government of Canada has invested in climate change over the past five years. “We are determined to ensure that Canada makes the most of the tremendous potential of wind power,” said Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. “Not only is wind power part of our answer to climate change, but it also represents significant opportunities for economic growth and new jobs.”