Nova Scotia Power signs wind farm deal with more planned

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Nova Scotia Power has signed a long term agreement with Renewable Energy Services Ltd (RESL) for a new wind farm near Point Tupper on the Strait of Canso, which separates the Nova Scotia peninsula from Cape Breton Island. RESL's project, located on industrial land, will include 11 Enercon 2 MW turbines at the site of an existing Enercon 800 kW turbine operated by the company since 2006. Data collected from that turbine shows the area "is optimal for wind energy production, distribution and further development," says RESL. The C$55 million project is expected to be online by November 2009. The contract with RESL, which is based in Nova Scotia, is the first in a series of projects to be announced as a result of the utility's 2007 request for renewable energy proposals. Nova Scotia Power has said it is negotiating with six independent power producers for 240 MW of wind, almost twice what it originally set out to buy. "This renewable wind generation is part of our cleaner, greener strategy," says CEO Ralph Tedesco. "Long term contracts for this sustainable electric power will also help stabilise electric prices by reducing our dependence on fossil fuels." The province currently has about 60 MW of installed wind capacity.

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