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Enbridge, RES Canada open 99-MW wind project near Lake Superior

Enbridge Inc. has completed a 99-megawatt wind farm in Ontario that will harness the winds coming off Lake Superior to generate enough electricity for 34,000 households.

Enbridge and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. have invested approximately $275 million on the Greenwich Wind Farm, which was completed late 2011 but officially opened on June 15 in celebration of Global Wind Day 2012.

The project will displace around 107,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, according to its developers.

Located on the north shore of Lake Superior in the community of Dorion, the wind farm was constructed by RES Canada under an engineering, procurement and construction agreement.

The completed project is jointly owned by both companies and is under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority.

Construction of the project generated approximately 300 jobs, with the plant's operations to require right to 10 permanent positions. The Greenwich Wind Farm will also generate around $75,000 in municipal tax payments.

Enbridge Inc. originally focused on crude oil and liquids pipelines and natural gas transportation and distribution. The company operates in both Canada and the United States, with a renewable energy generating portfolio of around 1,200 MW comprising wind, solar and geothermal projects.

The bulk of Enbridge's renewable energy comes from wind, with eight wind farms for a total capacity of 1,017 MW. Seven of these, including Greenwich, are located in Canada while another, the 250-MW Cedar Point, is located in Colorado. – EcoSeed Staff

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