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New Brunswick government announces wind farm on Lameque Island  

The New Brunswick government has announced plans for a wind farm on Lameque Island in the province’s northeast.

NB Power will sign a 25-year power purchase agreement for up to 49.5 megawatts of wind power with Acciona Wind Energy Canada. Acciona will construct, own, and operate the Lameque wind farm which will produce enough power to meet the electricity needs of about 8,900 homes.

The announcement is the first in a series of contracts that will see NB Power buy 300 megawatts of wind-generated electricity from private developers by November 2010.

Energy Minister Jack Keir says wind energy brings greater stability for rates in the future, because it lessens dependency on the uncontrollable prices of foreign oil and coal.

Acciona currently owns 192 wind farms in 12 countries.

The Lameque site will cost about $100 million.

The Canadian Press

22 January 2008

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