Nova Scotia Power has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Acciona Energy for the output of a 30 MW wind project to be built along the TransCanada Highway near the province's border with New Brunswick. The project, which will use 20 Acciona 1.5 MW turbines, is expected to be in service by the end of 2009. By then, says utility CEO Ralph Tedesco, the province will have five times the wind energy it has today. Since February, Nova Scotia Power has signed contracts for 214 MW of wind and is in negotiations for 26 MW more, all stemming from a request for proposals released in March 2007. "Partnerships with companies like Acciona to bring new renewable energy to the province are a key element of Nova Scotia Power's cleaner, greener strategy," says Tedesco. The utility has a total generation portfolio of about 2600 MW, much of it fired by fossil fuels. For Spanish Acciona, the deal is the third it has reached in the region so far this year. It was selected in January to build two projects in the neighbouring province of New Brunswick with a combined capacity of 114 MW, both to come on line in 2009 and both using the company's own turbine technology, made in Spain. It already owns shares in three other wind projects in Alberta and Ontario. "Acciona also has a large number of projects under development in Canada, as part of its strategy to reinforce the company's presence in the North American market," says the company.
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