Alberta green pricing scheme doubles wind load

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Two more Vestas 600 kW wind turbines have been connected to the grid of the Power Pool of Alberta, doubling the amount of wind generation Vision Quest Windelectric Inc of Calgary can sell to green pricing and emissions reduction schemes. Currently, utility Enmax, owned by the city of Calgary in Alberta, buys the wind generated power from Vision Quest for its "Greenmax" green pricing scheme (Windpower Monthly, October 1998). Enmax is now expanding the residential program of Greenmax and developing a program for businesses. Vision Quest's Fred Gallagher notes the potential for at least two more wind turbines for the Greenmax program in 1999. In addition, petroleum giant Suncor Energy has arranged to buy an additional 350,000 kWh of energy from the two new turbines in a five year agreement with Vision Quest as part of its greenhouse gas reduction strategy. This is Suncor's second purchase of green power from Vision Quest (Windpower Monthly, March 1998).

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