Filling government orders: Ontario energy minister Dwight Duncan joined owners and developers to break ground on construction of the C$186 million Erie Shores Wind Farm in southern Ontario. The 99 MW project, owned by the Clean Power Income Fund and developed by AIM PowerGen Corporation, will utilise 66 GE Energy 1.5 MW turbines on more than 25 farms and will stretch 29 kilometres along the northern shoreline of Lake Erie. The project was one of five wind farms to win 20 year power purchase contracts with the Ontario government in a request for proposals in November 2004. Three other projects are also under construction. Delivery of 22 Vestas 1.8 MW turbines began in July for the 39.6 MW Kingsbridge Wind Power project, being built by Alberta's Epcor Power Development Corp on Lake Huron. And Canadian Hydro Developers, also based in Alberta, expected to begin receiving GE Energy 1.5 MW turbines on site in August for its 67.5 MW Melancthon Grey Wind Project, 70 kilometres southwest of Toronto. Brascan Power Wind, located on a ridge running parallel to the shore of Lake Superior, recently received regulatory permission to build a transmission line to connect its 99 MW Prince project, due online next year.
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