Increasing our Stake in Solar Power

Feb 7, 2013 1:35 AM ET

While Enbridge's history may be firmly rooted in the transportation of carbon-based energy, with more than 160 years of experience in providing natural gas to customers in Ontario and Quebec and more than six decades of transporting western Canadian oil to markets in the American Midwest and Eastern Canada, we have always been a company that looks to the future.

And these days a big piece of that future is renewable energy.

While conventional sources of energy will be with us for decades, with public concern growing over the consumption of fossil fuels and widespread unease about greenhouse gases and climate change, the era of renewable energy has dawned.

Enbridge first dipped its collective toe in the renewable pool in 2002 with an early investment in wind power at the SunBridge facility near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan (Canada). From that modest beginning our renewable generation capacity has grown exponentially, from 11-megawatts (MW) with our first investment to almost 1,000 MW today, with interests in projects generating more than 1,300 MW of power from wind, solar, and geothermal energy sources.

In the last decade Enbridge has become one of the largest producers of renewable energy in Canada and a growing player in the United States, with plans to double our total capacity in the next few years.