Southern Ontario’s Largest Wind Power Project Underway

Ontario Energy Minister Dwight Duncan today joined the owners and developers of the $186 million Erie Shores Wind Farm in the first groundbreaking of southern Ontario’s largest wind farm. When operational in April 2006, Erie Shores will generate 99 megawatts of electricity from 66 wind turbines stretched along 29 kilometers of the northern shoreline of Lake Erie between Copenhagen and Clear Creek, Ontario.

The project is owned by Clean Power Income Fund and developed by AIM PowerGen Corporation. “Erie Shores will provide enough electricity for 32,000 Ontario homes and will be ready in time for next summer’s requirements,” said Clean Power Income Fund CEO Stephen Probyn, at the groundbreaking ceremony at John and Marnie Sebok’s farm at Port Burwell, Ontario. More than 25 farmers, including the Seboks, are hosting the 66 wind turbines. “Erie Shores demonstrates the wisdom of the government’s strong commitment to clean, renewable energy,” said Mr. Probyn. “Erie Shores is one of the highest quality wind energy projects in North America and is a win-win for consumers, the host communities, and the environment.” The project was one of the successful bids in the Ontario Government’s November 2004 Request for Proposals for 300 MW of renewable energy. The developer is AIM PowerGen Corporation of Toronto, a prominent windpower developer with projects in Western Canada, Ontario and Atlantic Canada. “The active involvement of the community and their leaders in Elgin and Norfolk Counties has been critical to the success of this project to date,” said Mike Crawley, President and CEO of AIM PowerGen. GE Energy is engaged as both the turbine supplier and the operator of the Erie Shores Wind Farm. GE Energy will deliver the project’s 66 GE 1.5 SLE turbines under a fixed-price supply agreement. This agreement with GE also provides a 4 year warranty of the equipment’s power curve and performance. GE Energy also will provide operating and management services to the Erie Shores facility for its first four years. The Erie Shores Wind Farm holds a 20-year, fixed price power purchase agreement with the Government of Ontario.
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