ACCIONA, Enbridge and Suncor Open 30 MW Wind Power Project

Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc., Enbridge Inc., and Suncor Energy Products Inc. announced the opening of the 30-megawatt (MW) Chin Chute Wind Power Project, which consists of 20 1.5-MW turbines. Power is expected to be available to the grid in late October 2006.

The companies are currently focusing on safely commissioning each turbine and completing the 20 kilometer (km) transmission line. Once in full service, Acciona will operate the CDN$60 million wind farm, located 20 km southwest of Taber. “The opening of the Chin Chute Wind Power Project increases and consolidates Acciona’s presence in Canada, where we already have a wind farm in operation in Alberta,” said Peter Duprey, CEO of Acciona Energy North America. “We are honored to have the opportunity to expand zero-emission electricity generation through renewable energies, and to cooperate with the authorities and businesses in expanding initiatives that address climate change,” said Duprey. Chuck Szmurlo, President of Enbridge Wind Power, said, “Developing Chin Chute and our other wind power projects is consistent with our commitment to sound environmental stewardship.” Acciona, Enbridge and Suncor also own the 30-MW Magrath Wind Power Project in southern Alberta, which was commissioned in 2004 and is now operated by Acciona. Enbridge and Suncor also own the 11-MW SunBridge project near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, which Enbridge operates. The companies expect to receive funding from the Canadian government’s Wind Power Production Incentive, which supports wind power development in Canada.
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