Magrath Wind Farm Expects 30 MW by September

Construction on the Magrath Wind Power Project in southern Alberta began last year, and the turbines started to generate electricity this month. Business partners Suncor Energy Products, EHN Wind Power Canada and Enbridge expect the energy production to ramp up over the summer and reach full production of approximately 30 MW by September. The CAD 48 million (US$ 36.6 million) facility is located about six kilometers west of Magrath, and consists of 20 GE 1.5-megawatt turbines. Each company owns one-third interest in the project.

Calgary, Canada – August 11, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Magrath Wind Power is believed to be the largest wind facility in Canada developed solely on a merchant basis, and was approved by the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board. The project’s estimated generation of 90,000 MWh is enough to meet the annual demands of approximately 13,000 Canadian homes, and will be sold to the Alberta Power Pool. The Magrath project will also benefit from the Canadian government’s 10-year Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI), which provides one Canadian cent per kWh of additional project revenue. The WPPI was designed in 2001 to help establish wind energy as a full-fledged competitor in Canada’s electricity market. This is Enbridge’s second wind power investment, the first being the SunBridge project in southwestern Saskatchewan that is a 50/50 partnership with Suncor. A second wind farm investment for Enbridge will diversify the company’s existing interest as a crude oil energy transporter, and will enable them to purchase up to one-third of the energy generated by the wind farm. The Magrath facility represents an investment of Euro 29 million for Spanish wind power company EHN. It is the company’s first initiative in Canada, but they own interest in farms in France, Germany, the United States, Ireland and South Australia. In Spain, the company has installed 67 wind farms and is currently constructing three more. This means that the total wind power capacity installed and under construction by EHN is 2,401 MW, distributed through 82 wind farms with 2,745 turbines. GE Wind was selected under a joint investor decision to supply the turbines earlier this year, and the contract helped the energy giant expand into Canada’s energy market. In addition to supplying the turbines, they will provide start-up support and operation and maintenance services through its Canadian division. “This project is unique and reflects both the world’s growing commitment toward environmental stewardship as well as wind power’s growing acceptance worldwide,” said Steve Zwolinski, CEO of GE Energy’s wind operations. “The project is being built without a long-term power contract, solely to deliver to consumers and utilities electricity generated from clean, renewable sources.”
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