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Power producer Epcorp acquires 53 MW project near Lake Huron

A top power producer in Alberta, Epcor Power Development Corporation, has acquired the rights to a 53.6 MW wind project proposed for a site near the shore of Lake Huron. Epcor is bidding the project into the Ontario government's request for proposals for 300 MW of renewable capacity, says president Chris Heffring. Submissions were due August 25. Heffring, whose company is based in a province with a deregulated electricity market, calls Ontario's government-led approach an "effective response" to the challenge of building new renewable generation. "Canadians are looking to government and the private sector to work together to develop new clean energy projects," he says. "The process will allow the private sector to become involved in a well managed and effectively regulated process." Epcor bought the rights to the project from Port Albert Wind Farm Ltd, which installed a Vestas 660 kW turbine in the area, 200 kilometres west of Toronto, in 2001. Although Epcor owns more than 1700 MW of largely fossil fuelled generating capacity, along with transmission and distribution networks and water and wastewater treatment facilities, its experience with wind is limited to a single NEG Micon 900 kW turbine it shares with the Peigan Indian Utility Corporation in southern Alberta. "Epcor has over 100 years of history in developing power projects and has built an exceptional range of expertise," says Heffring, "This experience will ensure that Epcor develops a proposal that is technically sound and on a scale that helps Canada achieve its wind power potential."

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