Canadian success inspires new market opening

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Vision Quest Windelectric Inc of Canada, a firm that has pioneered the sale of green electricity from four wind turbines to the wholesale and retail market of the province of Alberta, is already in discussions with potential customers in the upcoming deregulated power market in Ontario. "We are entering the Ontario market as experienced producers," says the company's Fred Gallagher. "Our interest is in developing our properties here in Ontario, producing clean energy and supplying it to marketers and retailers who will make it available to Ontario customers who are concerned about their environment, the world they pass to their children and the world they live in today."

Vision Quest's Mike Bournes adds that the company is attracted by the size of the Ontario market. There will not be a large retail demand for green power immediately, he says, but "It will grow as consumers learn that it is available and as concerns grow about health and the environment."

Bournes notes the company already has land available for up to 100 MW of new wind capacity. Since 1997, Vision Quest has supplied wind energy to utility Enmax of Calgary (Windpower Monthly, October 1998). Last year, Enmax began offering to residential customers the option to buy wind energy directly from four Vestas turbines installed in 1997 and 1998-and the program has so far been a "huge success," says Gallagher.

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