Wind Energy Triad Proposes Ripley Project

Suncor Energy, EHN Wind Power Canada and Enbridge have responded to the Ontario Government’s renewable energy request for proposals with a joint project to build a 75 MW wind power project near Ripley, Ontario. The proposal includes installing turbines east of Lake Huron in Huron-Kinloss Township and connecting them to the provincial power grid. If approved, the project would have the capacity to generate enough zero-emission electricity to power 30,000 homes. The Ontario government is trying to reach its target of producing five percent of the province’s electricity from renewable sources by 2007, and is commissioning projects that will help supply 300 MW of power to the current infrastructure. The three companies have monitored the wind resource in the area for more than a year, and consulted with local landowners and government representatives. An environmental review is ongoing and discussions with local stakeholders will continue through the fall. The companies also jointly own and operate the 30 MW Magrath Wind Power Project in southwestern Alberta, which was commissioned in August. That project was completed ahead of schedule and on budget, and provides enough green energy to power 13,000 Alberta homes. The Magrath project received funding through the Government of Canada’s Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) program.
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