Newfoundland and Labrador has a world-class wind resource. Currently, the islandís electrical system is isolated from the North American grid and has an existing generating capacity of 1,919 MW provided by approximately 65 per cent hydroelectric and 35 per cent fossil fuel generation. Hydro, as part of its 2005 mandate and portfolio expansion, is looking at wind as a cleaner renewable alternative to oil-fired energy. In December 2005, Hydro issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 25 MW of wind generation. Replies to the RFP will be reviewed and evaluated during the fall of 2006. If an acceptable agreement with a proponent can be reached, the benefit will be two-fold: clean, cost-effective energy from wind and potential fuel displacement from oil-fired generation.



Hydro continued purchasing wind generation at one of its rural isolated diesel generating sites in 2005. For over a year, as part of a pilot project, Hydro has been purchasing power from the provinceís first wind-diesel demonstration project in Ramea, an isolated community off the southwest coast of the island. The focus for the project is the development of medium penetration wind-diesel systems that combine the use of diesel powered generators with wind turbines. Six, 65 kilowatt (KW) wind turbines totalling 390 KW are installed. Current production estimates show that Hydro can offset approximately 200,000 litres of diesel fuel annually with wind generation at Ramea. In 2005, the first full year of operation, the project produced 418,000 kilowatt hours and provided 10 per cent of Rameaís energy needs.

This project is being supported by the Government of Canadaís Technology Early Actions Measures (TEAM) Program. TEAM is an interdepartmental technology investment program established under the federal governmentís Climate Change Action Plan. TEAM financing and federal technical support has enabled major demonstrations of potential greenhouse gas (GHG) reducing technologies in communities across Canada. Information about Ramea Wind-Diesel Demonstration Project and video can be found on the Technology Early Action Measures (TEAM) link.

St. Brendan's

In 2005, Hydro signed a power purchase agreement with a private developer who wishes to build a wind farm at St. Brendanís, another rural isolated diesel generating site on the islandís northeast coast. A decision by the developer to move forward is still pending.

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