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TransCanada plans to resurrect 200 MW Kibby project

Canadian energy giant TransCanada Corporation, which leapt into the wind business last year with a 740 MW contract in Quebec, has set its sights on a second venture, this time across the US border in the state of Maine. TransCanada, based in Calgary, has filed an application with Maine's Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC) to install wind monitoring towers in the north-western part of the state, where it may resurrect a flopped 200 MW wind development it has dubbed the Kibby project. TransCanada's Kurt Kadatz says the company has already analysed "promising" data collected by California's now-defunct Kenetech Windpower, which established wind rights in the area and made application to construct the project in the early 1990s. After Kenetech's mid-1990s demise, however, the rights eventually passed to GE Energy. If TransCanada discovers the wind resources are as promising as the initial assessment, it will buy the rights from GE and the Kibby project may finally be developed, with completion tentatively scheduled for 2008 and construction starting in 2007. "We could file further applications with the LURC next summer," adds Kadatz. Meantime in Canada, Cartier Wind Energy, in which TransCanada holds a majority interest, will begin to deliver power to Hydro-Quebec in 2006. Through to 2012, Cartier will develop six wind sites in the Gaspe region, just across the US-Canadian border from Maine, at a cost of more than C$1.1 billion. GE Energy will supply all the turbines. TransCanada owns or has an interest in approximately 5000 MW of generation in Canada and the US northeast.

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