Prince Edward Island's 5.3 MW North Cape wind farm has won a national leadership award for greenhouse gas reduction from VCR Inc, Canada's only public registry of greenhouse gas emissions and reductions. The award was presented to the PEI Energy Corporation (PEIEC), the developer and owner of the C$9 million project. VCR is a non-profit partnership between industry and governments across Canada. North Cape's eight Vestas V47 660 kW wind turbines produce 19 GWh of electricity a year, about 2% of the Atlantic province's annual electricity needs. The electricity is sold to Maritime Electric, which, in turn, sells 16 GWh a year to the federal and provincial governments and markets the remainder to its other customers through its green power program. By displacing coal and oil-fired generation, the North Cape wind farm offsets approximately 15,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. PEIEC, owned by the province, is currently working on plans for an expansion of the North Cape Wind Farm. It has filed an application under the federal government's wind power production incentive (WPPI) program for a 5.3 MW project to come online in October. VCR Inc also gave 21 other awards recognising greenhouse gas emission reduction efforts in various industry sectors.
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