Good response to east coast utility tenders

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Two east coast Canadian utilities say they are happy with responses they have received in their efforts to add wind power to their provincial power grids. New Brunswick Power, aiming to add 400 MW to its supply mix over the next ten years, received 19 submissions from Canadian, US and Spanish developers in response to its request for expressions of interest. The companies, says the utility's Pamela McKay, proposed 36 projects ranging from 20 MW to 400 MW. NB Power is now reviewing the submissions. "We hope to complete the review soon and explore more details with the selected interested parties over the next few months," says McKay. Meanwhile, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro received 13 responses to its December 2005 request for proposals for 25 MW of wind generation. "Over the next number of months, these proponents will work to finalize their feasibility studies and their final submissions. We look forward to seeing those proposals at the end of August," says the utility's Jim Keating. The province has no utility-scale wind and is looking at adding 150 MW to its 1919 MW power grid over the next ten years. Because the island of Newfoundland is isolated from the rest of the North American grid, it is taking a phased approach.

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