Enbridge Acquires Third Quebec Wind Project
On July 22, Enbridge announced that it has again partnered with EDF EN to acquire a 50 per cent interest in the 80-megawatt (MW) Saint Robert Bellarim windfarm in Quebec, 300 km east of Montreal.
“Renewable energy plays an important role in Enbridge’s long-term strategy by laying the foundation for a more diversified future asset base and for continued growth and prosperity for our company,” said Don Thompson, Vice President, Green Energy & Power Transmission. “Our acquisition of this third project in the province of Quebec adds another 80 megawatts to Enbridge’s renewable energy portfolio, bringing our total generation capacity in Quebec to more than 500 megawatts of clean energy.”
Though new to the Enbridge portfolio, the Saint Robert Bellarim project is already up and running, having reached commercial operation in October 2012 and currently supplying clean energy to over 18,000 Quebec homes under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Hydro-Quebec.
Enbridge’s third Quebec-based wind project, the acquisition of Saint Robert Bellarim comes one month after Enbridge and EDF EN, along with over 100 attendees, celebrated the grand opening of the 150 MW Massif du Sud wind farm in Saint-Luc-de-Bellechasse, Quebec.
"Our partnership with Enbridge on both the Lac-Alfred and Massif du Sud projects has proven to be very successful, and we are pleased to once again engage in a co-ownership relationship," said Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF EN North America. “Bringing the strengths of both companies to the market ensures that clean renewable power is delivered to the province at an affordable cost.”
Phase one of Enbridge’s first Quebec wind project, the 300 MW Lac Alfred windfarm, is already operational with the second phase scheduled for completion this fall.
These three projects bring our portfolio of wind energy in Quebec to over 500 MW, enough to supply the energy needs of over 120,000 homes.
Since 2002, Enbridge has invested nearly $3 billion in its growing portfolio of renewable and alternative energy technologies which now includes 10 operating wind farms, four solar projects, a geothermal installation and four waste heat recovery facilities. Combined with an additional two wind projects and a waste heat recovery project currently under construction, these installations will have the capacity to generate over 1,600 megawatts of emissions-free energy, meeting the needs of over 500,000 homes, and helping Enbridge continue to meet its Neutral Footprint commitment.
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