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EDF Energies Nouvelles closes deals for North American wind farms

EDF Energies Nouvelles, the renewable energy arm of French electricity company Électricité de France S.A. is increasing their presence in the North American wind market, with the announcement of two of their subsidiaries closing deals for shares of wind farms in Texas and Quebec.

Hereford Wind Project

U.S. subsidiary EDF Renewable Energy has announced a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement with Lincoln Renewable Energy for the first phase of up to 500 megawatt Hereford Wind Project in Texas. They also have the option to acquire the second phase of the project.

Hereford Wind Project will encompass approximately 15,000 acres in Deaf Smith County and will take advantage of the competitive renewable energy zone transmission lines which connect the wind generating areas of the Texas Panhandle to high electricity demand areas in the state.

Construction is expected to commence on the 200 MW phase later this year in order to allow it to qualify for the production tax credit.

“The Production Tax Credit extension in early 2013, along with the C.R.E.Z transmission build-out, creates a compelling opportunity for EDF Renewable Energy to strengthen our presence in the wind-rich Texas Panhandle,” said Ryan Pfaff, executive vice president of EDF Renewable Energy.

The addition of the Hereford wind project brings EDF Renewable Energy’s installed wind capacity in the state of Texas to 972 MW. Other recent projects that the company is involved in are the 161 MW Spinning Spur and 150 MW Bobcat Bluff projects commissioned in December 2012 and the 161 MW Spinning Spur II currently under construction.


Meanwhile, in Canada, EDF EN Canada Inc. has closed an agreement under which Enbridge Inc. will acquire a 50 percent interest in the 80 MW Saint-Robert-Bellarmin Wind Project in Quebec.

The project, located in the municipality of Saint-Robert Bellarmin and the MRC du Granit, is one of seven wind energy projects that were awarded to EDF EN Canada in 2008 and 2010.

It reached commercial operation in October 2012 and delivers energy to Hydro-Quebec Distribution under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

“Renewable energy plays an important role in Enbridge’s long-term strategy by laying the foundation for a more diversified future asset base and for continued growth and prosperity for our company,” said Don Thompson, Vice President, Green Energy & Power Transmission.

Enbridge Inc. is a transporter of energy operating in Canada and the U.S. They have one of the world’s longest crude oil and liquids transportation systems. They are currently expanding their interests into renewable energy generation with close to 1,600 MW of capacity from wind, solar and geothermal energy projects. The company has a Neutral Footprint commitment of generating a kilowatt of renewable energy for every additional kilowatt of conventional power its operations consume.

This is the third wind partnership entered into by EDF EN Canada and Enbridge in Quebec. Previously the two had partnered on the Lac-Alfred and Massif du Sud projects.

A subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, EDF EN Canada has a development pipeline of wind power projects in Quebec. The company estimates that, by end of 2015, they will have developed and built a total of 1,003.2 MW in the province. – K. Jalbuena

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