Vision Quest installs more

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Vision Quest Windelectric has completed the installation of two Vestas 660 kW turbines in southern Alberta and is preparing to install 14 more, all to supply a Calgary-based utility with additional capacity for its green power customers. The two new turbines, made in Denmark, conclude construction related to a 1998 contract signed with Enmax, a Calgary utility, to meet the needs of its green power offering. The installation of 14 more 660 kW turbines in September is the result of a second agreement with Enmax finalised in May. Enmax will buy 30,000 MWh a year for ten years, starting January 1, 2001. While Enmax has no immediate need for the added green capacity, the utility believes the added resources will help position it for the deregulation of the Alberta electricity market. With the introduction of retail competition scheduled for January, Enmax is confident a province-wide customer base will substantially increase green power demand. Beyond Alberta's borders, Vision Quest has recently been issued a license to sell electricity in Ontario, which is also opening its electricity market to retail competition next year. Vision Quest's Fred Gallagher says the company intends to sell wind power through "existing and new retail affiliates," and will market energy through its Web site and a toll-free call centre in areas not covered by retail partners. Vision Quest says it has plans to begin installing wind turbines in Ontario in the near future.

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