With new overseas backing, Wind Power Inc of Pincher Creek, Alberta, is ready for market deregulation in the province. But it says the current situation holds no promise for large growth. "I would like to see a Canada-wide market place for wind energy, and if the megawatts were high enough, then there would be a number of turbine manufacturers interested in locating in Canada," says Dale Johnson of Wind Power Inc. "None of them are setting up to do anything in Canada yet, because there's no indication of a firm long term market." The company has recently been named as Canadian agent for German wind turbine manufacturer Enercon GmbH. Enercon plans to build a factory in southern Alberta "when capacity demand warrants it," says Johnson. Because Alberta has not yet worked out all the bugs in the deregulation scheme, he adds, "You can't go out and write a contract today and put up a wind plant tomorrow." Last year, the average price to supply electricity to the Power Pool of Alberta was only C$0.033/kWh-too low for wind energy, he says. Extra revenue from trading greenhouse gas emission reduction credits are a possibility, says Johnson, but the potential is limited. Large wholesale deals are the only thing that will attract manufacturers. Wind Power Inc developed the 18.9 MW Cowley Ridge wind farm in Alberta with now defunct California company Kenetech and others.
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