Canada wind company clinches trail blazing sale of green tags to US utility

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A Canadian wind producer has entered the US green tag market with a cross-border sale to Oregon's Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). "The deal is the first of its kind and represents a significant step for the development of renewable energy in North America," says BEF. The agreement calls for Calgary's Vision Quest Windelectric to provide BEF with tags generated at its Alberta wind facilities on an as-needed basis for two years. Vision Quest's Jason Edworthy says the fact that international political boundaries are not a barrier shows how transportable the tags are. "Although transmission can be a constraint in getting your physical product on to the grid, it is proving to be no longer a constraint in delivering the product to markets with a green appetite." BEF's Tom Starrs says Vision Quest's decision to get its tags certified under the US's Green-e program was important. The independent certification also means that BEF, the leading reseller of green tags in the US, can expand its market into Canada.

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