April 25, 2005

NS Power to buy energy from Cape Breton wind farm

Nova Scotia Power (NS Power) has signed an agreement to purchase renewable energy from a wind farm to be constructed by Glace Bay Lingan Wind Power, a subsidiary of Cape Breton Power. The 12-megawatt (MW) wind farm will consist of six turbines to be erected next to NS Power's Lingan generating station in Cape Breton. It should be fully operational by the fall of 2007, and will produce about 42 gigawatt-hours (gWh) of energy annually, or enough energy to supply more than 4,000 homes.

The announcement is the first related to NS Power's renewable solicitation program for projects over 2 MW, launched early in 2004. In October 2004, the company announced the acceptance of 17 renewable energy projects from independent power producers in the under 2 MW category. These projects will generate a total of 28 MW of power from renewable energy sources including biomass, biogas and wind.

Over the past 16 months NS Power has awarded contracts for 66 MW of renewable energy, and by the end of 2005 expects to have contracts in place which will increase the supply of renewable energy in Nova Scotia by 25% (approximately 100 MW). NS Power currently owns and operates 396 MW of renewable generation made up of wind, hydro and tidal power. In addition, the company purchases about 100 gWh per year of wind energy, an amount equal to the energy used by 10,000 homes annually.

This brings to 18% the proportion of its generation derived from renewable energy sources, said James Taylor, general manager, generation development. "Our customers have told us they are eager to see more wind and other forms of renewable energy produced in Nova Scotia," he added.

A Customer Energy Forum hosted by NS Power last fall found that 75% of its customers strongly support the addition of renewable energy sources, especially wind, and that and customers rank environmental management and performance as the most important factors to consider in generation planning.

More information is available on NS Power's Web site, www.nspower.ca.

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