A group of leading international energy companies plans to install a 1.8 MW wind project on the environmentally sensitive San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos Archipelago. The $6 million project will displace more than half of the electricity currently being produced by diesel-powered generators, reducing greenhouse gas and other polluting emissions and lowering the risk of oil spills associated with delivery of fuel to the island. "Most importantly, the wind farm will be built and operated in a way to protect the many unique animals and plants on San Cristobal Island," says Linn Draper, chairman of American Electric Power (AEP). The Ohio-based company is leading a project team from the e7, a group of energy companies from the G7 nations that collectively promote sustainable energy development. Other companies involved in the project include Electricité de France, Italy's Enel, Hydro-Quebec and Ontario Power Generation from Canada, Germany's RWE and Scottish Power. The e7 Fund for Sustainable Development signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ecuador government, which owns the Galapagos Islands, to undertake the project as part of the UN's renewable energy program for the four inhabited islands in the archipelago. The United Nations Development Program and the United Nations Foundation are supporting the project. Delivery of the turbines, which have not been identified, is due in 2004, with electricity production beginning in 2005.
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