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Wind Power News: Newfoundland and Labrador

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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


June 12, 2018 • Newfoundland and LabradorPrint storyE-mail story

Ramea wind project at a standstill as residents worry about high power rates

Progress on an experimental wind-generated electricity project in Ramea appears to have ground to a halt, even as residents deal with ever-increasing power bills, says the town’s deputy mayor. The Nalcor Energy project, first announced in 2007 and commissioned in 2011, established three experimental wind turbines on the island in an attempt to generate power that could both be used immediately as well as stored in a hydrogen generator system. But it appears to have hit a snag. “Since last . . . Complete story »


May 28, 2018 • Newfoundland and LabradorPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines sit idle while Ramea power bills increase

Lester Gould said three of the nine wind turbines located in Ramea, the three owned by Nalcor, have hardly moved since the fall. The other six turbines, owned by Frontier Power Systems – an energy company based in PEI, “are going frequently whenever there is wind but the other ones, very infrequently do I see them move,” the Deputy Mayor of Ramea said. The two companies installed the turbines for different purposes. Frontier’s turbines sell the wind energy to Nalcor for . . . Complete story »


April 4, 2018 • Newfoundland and LabradorPrint storyE-mail story

Wreckhouse Energy seeks to build wind turbine in Grand Falls–Windsor

Efforts are underway to construct a wind turbine at the water treatment plant in Grand Falls–Windsor to supplement energy costs for the town. Wreckhouse Energy, a company founded by two young St. John’s engineers, is behind the proposal. The town can either purchase or rent the windmill with possible help from outside agencies. Last week the town indicated that the application to construct the windmill had been completed and that ACOA indicated it supported that type of project. Wreckhouse Energy . . . Complete story »


N.L. government interested in new Atlantic Link

Emera Inc. has plans to run a submarine power cable from New Brunswick to Massachusetts, and is looking for partners with power to spare, willing to partner on a plan to feed the U.S. marketplace. And Premier Dwight Ball said this province might look to get in on the deal. “Well, right now this is very early days,” Ball said when asked about the link project after a speech to the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday. . . . Complete story »


November 2, 2016 • Newfoundland and LabradorPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm investors optimistic about Newfoundland west coast

European wind farm investors say they are optimistic about upcoming projects on Newfoundland’s west coast. Executives from Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) made their first trip to the island this week. “We were visiting where the site was this morning, and I think it’s an excellent location,” said Lars Thaaning Pedersen, chief operating officer, on Monday. The Danish company revealed In September that it was coming onboard as financial backers for Newfoundland-based Beothuk Energy’s proposed wind farms. The newly formed partnership . . . Complete story »


February 20, 2016 • Newfoundland and LabradorPrint storyE-mail story

Beothuk Energy holding wind farm information sessions

People interested in finding out more about a proposed offshore wind farm in western Newfoundland will have the opportunity next week. Beothuk Energy Inc. is holding information sessions in Stephenville and Corner Brook. The informal sessions are being held to ensure transparency regarding Beothuk’s western offshore wind projects, including the proposed $466-million, 180-megawatt St. George’s Bay wind farm, which includes manufacturing and service facilities. Sessions take place 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in Stephenville at the Days Inn, and . . . Complete story »


November 13, 2014 • Newfoundland and LabradorPrint storyE-mail story

St. Lawrence wind farm expansion blown down

Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro is not interested in an expansion of Enel Atlantic Canada’s wind farm in St. Lawrence – at least not now. Hydro vice-president Rob Henderson told The Southern Gazette Friday the Crown corporation feels the province is well positioned in its energy requirements for the next few years. “We’ve got a nice portfolio of wind, and we’re, of course, entering into the Muskrat Falls period where we’re going to have sustained energy from it for the long term,” . . . Complete story »


October 8, 2014 • Newfoundland and LabradorPrint storyE-mail story

Still a lot of things to be done before wind farm, manufacturing facility go ahead

Kirby Mercer has a plan to construct a 180-megawatt offshore wind park in St. George’s Bay and to locate a wind energy manufacturing facility in Corner Brook. But how far away his Beothuk Energy Inc. is from turning the plan into reality depends on political policy and a purchase power agreement. Right now Mercer, the president and CEO of the company, doesn’t have either. Mercer was in Corner Brook on Tuesday to talk about the project at an ACAP-Humber Arm . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2012 • Newfoundland and LabradorPrint storyE-mail story

Report concludes wind power not a least-cost option: Kennedy

Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy and Nalcor CEO Ed Martin held a news conference today to make it clear that wind power does not make sense for Newfoundland and Labrador. Kennedy released a report by Manitoba Hydro International (MHI) which found that relying on wind power would cost at least $3.4 billion more than Muskrat Falls. Martin said that wind power was dismissed relatively early in their study of power options, but due to political criticism, the government ordered an . . . Complete story »


November 1, 2012 • Newfoundland and LabradorPrint storyE-mail story

Muskrat Falls cheaper than wind power: study

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – An arm’s length study says that using large-scale wind power for Newfoundland and Labrador’s future energy needs would cost much more than Muskrat Falls. The study by Manitoba Hydro International says wind and thermal energy generation would cost about $3.5 billion more over 50 years than the proposed Labrador hydroelectric development. The Progressive Conservative government has repeatedly said the project is the best option for the province. The government is to decide in coming weeks whether to . . . Complete story »


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