Canadian Utility Seeks Wind Power Partner

NB Power has released a request for proposals for the development, ownership and operation of up to 20 MW of wind powered generation in New Brunswick.This is the first phase of NB Power’s long term objective to acquire 100 MW from renewable energy projects by 2010.

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada – December 15, 2003 [] Keeping with the Government of New Brunswick’s new Electricity Act and restructuring of NB Power, the utility is seeking new players from the private sector to develop the new wind facilities. These new participants will sell the output from the project to NB Power to benefit New Brunswick customers. The new wind capacity is part of NB Power’s plan to add renewable energy development as one means to help meet growing demand for electricity and counter forecast shortages. Renewable energy will also help meet emission stabilization and reduction targets. The wind proposal submissions are due April 2004 and are to propose a commissioning date of no later than March 2006. “Offering these renewable energy development projects to private sector participation is the first of many important changes to the way that NB Power will be doing business in the future as a result of the Government’s new policy direction,” said Stewart MacPherson, President and CEO. MacPherson noted that green energy technologies like wind power will play a greater role in meeting future generation requirements in New Brunswick. NB Power has worked with local interests to promote wind energy development in the province. Wind generation assessments have been carried out at a number of locations and to enhance the understanding of alternative energy development, wind energy information seminars were held in the province.


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