Knob Hill Wind Farm Advances In BC Hydro Clean Power Call

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BC Hydro has selected the second group of projects to be awarded electricity purchase agreements under the clean power call as the Crown Corporation continues to partner with power producers to deliver clean electricity.

In total, the four projects will generate more than 450 GWh of clean electricity annually. The projects, which include one wind, one waste heat and two run-of-river projects, are in addition to 19 projects selected earlier in March, bringing the total amount of energy to be generated from the Clean Power Call to close to 3,000 GWh per year.

Sea Breeze Power Corp.'s Knob Hill Wind Farm Project has received a 20-year electricity purchase agreement from BC Hydro for the output from the first phase of the project, which is expected to be 99 MW.

The Knob Hill Wind Farm Project is located 35 km northwest of Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, within the traditional territories of the Kwakiutl, Quatsino, and Tlatlasikwala First Nations. Construction of the first phase of the project expected to begin in the second quarter of 2011, with a target date for delivery of power in the fourth quarter of 2012.

BC Hydro is continuing discussions with the proponents of eight clean power call proposals and expects to sign more agreements with renewable power producers.

Following execution of the contracts, BC Hydro will submit the electricity purchase agreements to the British Columbia Utilities Commission for its review. Further contract details, including the range of electricity prices to be paid, will be available in BC Hydro's filing to the commission.

SOURCES: BC Hydro, Sea Breeze Power Corp.

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