Project Development, Wind Power

Environmental Screening Complete for Ontario Wind Power

Enbridge Ontario Wind Power LP gave notice that the Environmental Screening has been completed for its 200-megawatt (MW) wind power project planned for the eastern shore of Lake Huron in Bruce County, Ontario.

The approximately $400-million project is to consist of 121 wind-turbine generators, each capable of producing 1,650 kilowatts (kW), dispersed over a 35,000-acre area. Construction of the project, which would produce enough renewable energy to supply approximately 70,000 Ontario homes, would begin mid-2006 and has an in-service date of early 2007. Enbridge has executed a 20-year electricity purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority for all of the power generated. The Environmental Screening was prepared to further Ontario Ministry of the Environment environmental assessment requirements for electricity projects. The screening report, which evaluates the potential for environmental effects relating to the proposed wind energy generation facility, is available for review. “This project is another example of Enbridge’s ongoing commitment to renewable energy generation as an important part of our sustainable development strategy,” said project manager Lisa Lawler. “We’re certainly looking forward to expanding our wind power generation business to Ontario, where we already operate major energy infrastructure, and helping address the need for new power sources in the Province.” Written requests to the Ministry of the Environment to elevate the project to either an Environmental Review or an individual Environmental Assessment will be accepted until May 19, 2006.