Calgary builds 80 MW citizens project

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Calgary electricity retailer Enmax will begin construction later this year of a C$140 million, 80 MW wind project in southern Alberta. The Taber Wind Power facility of 37 Enercon 2.2 MW turbines should be complete by the end of 2006. The City of Calgary, which owns Enmax, will buy 100% of the electricity and associated renewable energy certificates under a 20-year agreement, part of its long term goal of having more than 75% of it power needs supplied by renewables. Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier says the city wants to set a "new standard" for environmental stewardship. "With these commitments, we will be the only city in Canada to draw three quarters of its electricity from green power." The deal has been criticised by some municipal politicians concerned it forces Calgary taxpayers to pay more for green power when they may not want to. But Enmax CEO Gary Holden says the value of the green certificates and the high cost of fossil fuels make the contract competitive. Enmax already owns half of the 75 MW McBride Lake Wind Farm and operates the most successful green power marketing program in Canada. "This is a significant step forward in our plans to increase our clean power generating capacity, which is an important component of Enmax's growth strategy," says Holden.

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