The first 57 MW of the Energie Le Nordais (ELN) 100 MW wind farm, which consists of 76 NEG Micon turbines at Cap-Chat on the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, is now running at full capacity. In January and February, utility Hydro-Quebec bought 12.6 GWh of green power from the wind farm, paying an average price of C$0.058/kWh, reports Hydro-Quebec's Renee Arsenault. "This is an important step for everyone who cares about the development of wind energy in Quebec and Canada because it shows that large scale renewable energy projects are feasible here," says Louis Gagnon of the Axor group Inc, one of the main partners behind ELN. "Hydro-Quebec had to solve quickly many aspects of previously unknown problems of grid integration for such a large wind farm," says Jean-Louis Chaumel of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. "We see a considerable increase of interest for wind energy in Quebec due to the high visibility of this project," he adds. Getting the wind farm on-line more than tripled Canada's total installed wind capacity to 83 MW. Another 57 NEG Micon 750 kW wind turbines will be built at Matane this spring (Windpower Monthly, February 1999). Other partners in ELN are Danish wind turbine manufacturer NEG Micon and Japanese trading firm Nichimen Corp.
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