The awarding of a wind energy contract in Cape Breton last week is just the first of many to come very soon.
Still, Margaret Murphy of Nova Scotia Power is unable to say whether any of those projects will end up in Cumberland County, where there were several firms to submit bids.
“We can understand that there’s speculation and excitement about the locations for the future wind farms but I’m not at liberty to speculate on where they’ll be located,” Murphy said. “There is a good variety of projects in all locations across the province.”
Murphy expects future wind announcements are “imminent” and that could translate into a matter of weeks as opposed to months.
There were several proposals in Cumberland County, one of which – Higgins Mountain – has already confirmed it did not make the cut. Other projects include 3G Energy’s Rodney proposal, Atlantic Wind Power’s Gulf Shore project, Invenergy Canada’s plan to erect a wind farm in Fort Lawrence and Wind Dynamics’ project on the marsh near Amherst.
Recently, the chair of the Gulf Shore Association, Lisa Betts, complained that there was very little word coming out of the power company regarding the proposed projects and that people in the Pugwash area remain very concerned about the proposed Gulf Shore project.
Last week, Renewable Energy Services Ltd. was awarded the contract to add 11 turbines at its current site in Port Hawkesbury. The project is the first in a series of anticipated agreements that will ultimately see Nova Scotia Power purchase about 240 megawatts of wind-generated power from private firms by 2010 – enough electricity for about 60,000 homes.
By Darrell Cole
13 February 2008
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