GDF Suez secures PPAs for wind farms in Canada

French energy company GDF Suez and International Power, which is 70 per cent owned by GDF Suez, have announced further progress in developing wind energy in Canada with new Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) secured for two 99MW wind farms in Ontario and the start of construction of Cape Scott 1, a 99MW wind development in British Columbia.

GDF Suez North America has secured 20-year PPAs with the Ontario Power Authority for all of the output from the 99MW Erieau and 99MW East Lake St. Clair wind projects.

Each project is estimated to cost approximately CAD$300m (£186m), with commissioning of both facilities expected in 2013.

In addition, construction will shortly commence at Cape Scott 1, a 99MW wind farm with a 20-year contract with British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority.