Nova Scotia Seeks Wind Power

A provincial utility on Canada’s east coast wants to install up to 50 MW of generation from wind turbines.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, CA, 2001-09-20 [] Nova Scotia Power asked for expressions of interest earlier this summer from independent power producers that want to plan and construct wind turbines for long-term sale to the utility. The offer was issued to both local and global companies willing to build turbines in the province to supply the Nova Scotia market. The deadline for submission of documents was July 27. A second stage proposal was to be issued then to qualified parties, with a short list to be released this fall. The 50 MW would represent 2 percent of the total provincial capacity of 2,200 MW. “A number of circumstances are combining to make this the right time for wind power”, says Joan McDougall, manager of green power development. “The technology has matured. Nova Scotia has an abundance of this renewable energy source, and consumers across the country and here in Nova Scotia are saying they are ready for green power.” The proposals could be for large or small commercial projects, which will be assessed on various criteria, including proponent’s experience, management capability, finances, proposed equipment, timelines, location and available wind resources, price range, preparatory work and planning, and inclusion of Canadian or regional content. Green power purchases will be independently certified to ensure environmental standards. After an initial screening process, NSPI plans to enter into contractual arrangements with independent producers to bring green power to the market as soon as possible. Up to 80 turbines would be installed. “Fifty megawatts of wind power signals a new direction in energy production,” adds McDougall. “Nova Scotia Power intends to launch a comprehensive green power program to offer our customers the choices they are looking for, and to build public awareness. Already, there is interest and support for this new direction. As people become more aware of green power and demand grows, we will be making additional purchases of wind power and other renewable energy sources.” The request for wind projects supplements the utility’s purchase of two 600 kW turbines that will be operational by the end of this year. NSPI is also seeking other green power opportunities such as biomass, landfill gases and hydro based on customer preferences, availability of supply and costs. Canada has total wind power capacity of 136 MW, most in Quebec with some in Alberta. New projects have been announced for Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island. The largest facility, Le Nordais, supplies 100 MW to Hydro Quebec. Nova Scotia Power provides 95 percent of electric generation, transmission and distribution to 440,000 customers across Nova Scotia.
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