Manitoba Plans To Build 300 MW Wind Farm

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The Manitoba Hydro board has accepted a request for proposals from St. Joseph Wind Farm Inc., owned by Babcock & Brown Canada ULC, to develop a 300 MW wind farm in southern Manitoba.

The project is subject to regulatory approvals and execution of a power purchase agreement, with construction expected to start in 2009 and power deliveries starting as early as 2011. The exact schedule will depend upon the availability of materials and equipment for the wind turbines and related transmission facilities.

‘This new wind farm underlines Manitoba's position as a leader in clean energy and will bring economic and environmental benefits to the local municipalities, Manitoba and the region,’ says Premier Gary Doer. ‘The St. Joseph wind farm represents another important step in diversifying Manitoba's energy resources.’

The project is worth over C$800 million and will generate electricity from 130 turbines. It will result in C$300 million in operational expenditures, C$70 million in local landholder payments and C$198 million in provincial and municipal revenues over the life of the project.

Manitoba Hydro will purchase wind-generated power as part of a proposed 25-year agreement with Babcock & Brown's North American Energy Group.

SOURCE: Office of the Government of Manitoba

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