June 28, 2004

NB Power, Eastern Wind finalize terms for Dark Harbour wind farm project

FREDERICTON, NB-New Brunswick Power and Eastern Wind Power are finalizing the terms of a power purchase agreement for a 20-megawatt (MW) wind farm at Dark Harbour on the western coast of Grand Manan. Based in Quispamsis, Eastern Wind Power is a subsidiary of Western Wind, which has wind projects in western Canada and the United States. The company was the successful proponent following a public request for proposal process, and NB Power has issued a letter of intent to finalize the power purchase agreement. The proposed wind farm, to be developed, owned and operated by Eastern Wind, will have 11 turbines, each 78 metres high with three blades 39 metres in length. NB Power Distribution and Customer Service intends to purchase the output and environmental attributes from the project through a 20-year power purchase agreement. The project would produce zero-emission energy which will displace a similar quantity of fossil-fired generation. The wind farm is expected to be generating electricity as early as the fall 2005. This is the first phase of NB Power's long-term objective to acquire 100 MW from renewable energy projects by 2010.
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