February 5, 2007

Easterm Kings wind farm begins commercial operation

CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI-The first two turbines at Prince Edward Island's Eastern Kings wind farm began operating January 29, with the remaining four units expected to come on-line by the end of last week. The six turbines are Vestas V-90s, the largest turbine in North America. A prototype of the V-90 was first introduced at Norway, near the North Cape wind farm, in 2003. The Eastern Kings Wind Farm is the first V-90 wind farm in Canada. On hand for the official start-up were PEI Premier Pat Binns, Environment, Energy and Forestry Minister Jamie Ballem, were Souris-Elmira MLA Andy Mooney and Fred O'Brien, president and CEO of Maritime Electric, which is purchasing the 30 megawatts of power from the wind farm. "In addition to providing enough clean, renewable energy to power 12,000 homes, the Eastern Kings plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change by 75,000 tonnes - the equivalent of taking 16,000 vehicles off the road," Ballem noted.

The facility is owned and operated by the PEI Energy Corporation, a Crown corporation which also owns and operates the North Cape Wind Farm that provides another 4% of PEI's electricity.

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