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October 18-25, 2004
Suncor, Enbridge, EHN propose 75-MW wind power project
TORONTO, ONT-Suncor Energy, EHN Wind Power Canada and Enbridge have jointly submitted a proposal to the Ontario government to build a 75-megawatt (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. The project, if approved, would have the capacity to generate enough zero-emission electricity to power 30,000 homes. The proposal was submitted in response to the Ontario Government's request for proposals for companies to supply 300 MW of renewable energy. The Ripley project partners submitted their joint proposal after monitoring the wind resource in the area for more than a year and consulting with local landowners and government representatives. An environmental review is under way and discussions with local stakeholders will continue through the fall. In addition to being equal partners in this initiative, Suncor, EHN and Enbridge jointly own and operate the 30-MW Magrath wind power project in southwestern Alberta. Commissioned in August, this 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 federal government's Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) program. Suncor and Enbridge also own and operate the 11.2-megawatt SunBridge wind power project near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan.