The Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation (PEIEC) has completed a 5.28 MW expansion to its North Cape Wind Farm, doubling the size of the facility and bringing the proportion of wind in the province's supply mix to 5%. "The more energy we generate from wind, the less energy we need to generate from fossil fuels," says Jamie Ballem, the province's environment and energy minister, pointing out that North Cape will displace 30,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions and other harmful pollutants each year. Ballem calls North Cape an "unqualified success" that the province hopes to duplicate at other locations. Over the next several months, PEIEC will be developing plans to assess PEI wind resources. The government has said it wants wind power to provide PEI with at least 10% of its electrical energy by 2010. PEIEC invested C$850,000 of the earnings from North Cape's first phase into the C$7.6 million Phase 2 expansion. The corporation is selling the expansion's output to Maritime Electric Company Limited at 90% of what it would have cost the power utility to purchase energy from off-island, allowing Maritime Electric to drop its price premium for wind power by a cent to C$0.025/kW.
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