Wind in Alberta

Suncor Energy and North American Renewables are seeking approval from the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board to construct a $48-million, 30MW wind power farm.

Suncor Energy and North American Renewables (NAR), a subsidiary of Corporacion Energia Hidroelectrica de Navarra (EHN) of Spain are seeking approval from the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board to construct a $48-million, 30MW wind power farm.

The project, proposed to be located about six kilometres west of Magrath in southern Alberta, is a joint venture between Suncor and EHN.

Pending regulatory and Suncor and EHN corporate approvals, construction is planned to begin this fall, with the 20-turbine facility to be tested and online by late 2004. Suncor and EHN plan to sell the power into the provincial electricity grid. The project is expected to generate enough energy to meet the equivalent demands of about 13,000 homes.

If approved, the Magrath Wind Power Project would be Suncor’s second major investment in wind power.

Suncor’s other renewable energy initiative is SunBridge, an 11MW wind power project in Saskatchewan that is a 50/50 partnership with Enbridge.

Together, the two projects are expected to provide nearly 15% of Canada’s total installed wind electricity capacity and provide about 115,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission reductions annually.

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