Ottawa, Ontario [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Manitoba Hydro will issue a request for proposals (RFP) later this year for new wind projects totaling 300 megawatts (MW). Manitoba’s 1,000-MW wind strategy is expected to generate $2 billion in investment, $100 million in wind-rights payments to landowners, and $150 million in property taxes to local municipalities.With the addition of 300 MW, the province’s total installed wind capacity will rise to 399 MW, representing 3.2% of Manitoba Hydro’s total annual electricity generation. This is expected to rise to 8 percent when the province reaches 1,000 MW of installed wind capacity in 2018. “Manitoba possesses a remarkable wind energy potential, and development of this resource coupled with existing hydro assets will allow Manitoba to satisfy its own future energy demands and increase its exports,” said Sean Whittaker, Director of Policy and Technical Affairs for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). This 300 MW RFP will allow the utility to gain further experience with wind technology, and become familiar with the integration of higher wind penetrations on the Manitoba grid. “We believe that the technical and economic challenges can be quickly overcome through collaboration, and it is our hope that Manitoba will then be able to accelerate its timeline for development of 1,000 MW or more of wind energy,” added Whittaker.