Ontario Windfarm Receives Environmental Clearance

The first windfarm in Ontario will have no environmental impacts, according to a screening report accepted by the provincial Ministry of the Environment.

TORONTO, Ontario, CA, 2001-12-05 [SolarAccess.com] The 10 megawatt Huron Wind facility will be built on the shores of Lake Huron, on land owned by Ontario Power Generation (OPG) adjacent to the Bruce nuclear reactor. The project is a partnership between OPG and British Energy (Canada) Ltd. The windfarm was announced in March and is expected to commission between four and eleven wind turbines by next July. With the screening report accepted, Huron Wind will forge issue a Request for Proposals to build the facility. “OPG will quadruple its renewable energy portfolio to 500 MW by 2005 and Huron Wind will be an important addition to the package,” says OPG president and CEO Ron Osborne. “Our customers have asked to have renewable energy as one of the options available once the market opens and we intend to meet that demand.” “Wind power, since it is by nature intermittent, is a good supplement to our conventional forms of generation,” he adds. The province of Ontario will deregulate its electricity market next spring. “Renewables and nuclear are highly complementary sources of carbon free electricity and so the siting of Ontario’s first multi turbine windfarm right next to our Bruce Power nuclear station is highly appropriate,” explains Robin Jeffrey, executive chairman of British Energy plc. “Renewables are a key part of British Energy’s generation mix for the future and we will be working hard on both sides of the Atlantic to develop a sizeable renewable business.” British Energy and OPG recently signed a formal partnership agreement to share the output of the windfarm. “Community interest and support for this project is evident,” says Kincardine Mayor Larry Kraemer. “We are host to one of the largest independent power producers in Canada and we now welcome, to our community, Ontario’s first windfarm as it begins to make its mark as a clean generation source.” British Energy is the largest electricity generating company in the U.K. and is the majority partner in Bruce Power, the company that will lease the Bruce nuclear reactor from OPG. OPG is part of the former provincial utility, Ontario Hydro, which was created to generate electricity in the deregulated market.
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