North Bay, Ontario [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] The city of North Bay, Ontario committed funds to help the city identify if the area has what it takes to attract outside investment in a wind power project that would transmit local, clean power to the municipal grid operated by city-owned North Bay Hydro.Mayor Victor Fedeli of the City of North Bay; Mayor Ann MacLean, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM); and Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming, announced the $50,000 Green Municipal Funds’ grant for the city. “Taking advantage of locally available green power resources is a good fit with the long-range development strategy we have for the community,” said Mayor Victor Fedeli. “I am particularly pleased with the relationship we have struck with West Wind Development, Inc. for the first half of the project. I am confident that the company’s reputation as a responsible wind power developer can put North Bay ‘on the map’ as a showcase for the sensitive and responsible development of this great renewable energy resource.” West Wind Development recently completed the installation of a 50 meter-high tower on city-owned property in a sector of the city positioned to capture the “lake effect” wind of Lake Nipissing. Instruments supported by the tower will collect data on a continuous basis for a 12-month period to evaluate the local wind power potential. Once the company has a thorough understanding of the area’s wind profile, they will move to a more detailed feasibility assessment which will include in-depth environmental studies, preliminary engineering and consultations with the community to determine how the wind energy potential could be developed. The Green Municipal Funds provided by the federal government of Canada directly support Canadian municipal governments – large and small, urban and rural – to develop greater local self-sufficiency in green energy. This distributed effort goes towards Canada’s larger national goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to MP Anthony Rota. The Government of Canada has endowed $250 million to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to establish and manage the Green Municipal Funds. The Funds support partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection. In Budget 2005, the Government of Canada committed a further $300 million to the Green Municipal Funds. “Sustainable community development requires that we meet today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs,” said FCM President, Mayor Ann MacLean. “This project represents North Bay’s dedication to the challenge of using renewable energy to secure an environmentally-friendly future for its citizens.” FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901.