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Suncor Energy Products and Acciona Energia selected to build a 76-megawatt wind power project near Ontario

Suncor Energy Products and Acciona Energia, through its wholly owned subsidiary EHN Wind Power Canada, have been selected by the Ontario government to build a 76-megawatt wind power project near Ripley, Ontario. The Ripley Wind Power Project will include construction of 38 wind turbines east of Lake Huron in Huron-Kinloss Township. The project is expected to have the capacity to generate enough zero-emission electricity to power 22,000 homes and offset approximately 66,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Project cost is estimated at approximately $165 million. "Expanding Suncor's wind energy program into Ontario is a key step in our journey to becoming a sustainable energy company," said Dave Byler, Suncor's executive vice president, natural gas and renewable energy. "We are pleased to be doing our part to provide clean energy to Ontario consumers and we welcome the steps being taken at both levels of government to encourage investment in renewable energy."
The project is the result of the Ontario government's request for proposals to supply approximately 1,000 MW of renewable energy. The Ontario government aims to produce 10 per cent of the province's electricity from renewable sources by 2010. The Ripley wind farm was one of nine renewable energy projects selected in this most recent round of proposals. "We are excited by the opportunity to partner again with Suncor on this project that will help meet the commitment to renewable energy by the Ontario government," said Alberto de Miguel, Acciona Energia's executive director of development. Next steps for the project include completing the environmental assessment in early 2006. Suncor and Acciona Energia will then seek regulatory approvals and submit an application for funding from the Canadian government's Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) program, which supports wind power development in Canada. Pending regulatory approvals, construction is expected to start in fall 2006 with project commissioning in fall 2007. Suncor and Acciona Energia are equal partners in the Ripley Wind Power Project. They also jointly own and operate, along with Enbridge Inc., the 30-megawatt Magrath Wind Power Project and are building the 30-megawatt Chin Chute Wind Power Project, both in southern Alberta. Suncor and Enbridge also own and operate the 11.2-megawatt SunBridge Wind Power Project near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan.
Suncor, which operates a Sarnia-based refinery and a network of Sunoco retail stations, is also supporting renewable energy development in Ontario by building a $120-million ethanol plant in the Sarnia-Lambton region. The plant, which is due to be commissioned next year, is expected to produce approximately 200 million litres of ethanol annually. Since 1996, Suncor has been blending ethanol into its Sunoco gasolines. Ethanol-blended gasolines help reduce carbon monoxide emissions by up to 30 per cent. Suncor Energy Products is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Suncor Energy, an integrated energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Suncor's oil sands business, located near Fort McMurray, Alberta, extracts oil sands and markets refinery feedstock and diesel fuel. Acciona Energia, formerly EHN, is owned 100% by Acciona S.A., which is a group based in Spain dedicated to infrastructures and services aimed at sustainable development and social welfare. Acciona Energia is a leader in the development, construction, operation and ownership of renewable energy projects. The company has installed 2,681 MW in renewables, of which 1,477 MW belong to the group. In the field of wind energy, it has built 92 wind farms in 7 countries, either for its own or for other companies (almost all of them managed and operated by the company), representing total installed wind capacity of 2,566 MW. Through its subsidiary Acciona Windpower, it manufactures 1,500 KW wind turbines using in-house technology. It has 19 small hydro power plants, 3 biomass plants (one of them a 25 MW facility based on straw combustion) and the largest photovoltaic solar energy plant in Spain in terms of capacity (1.2 MW). It has put in operation a biodiesel plant that uses first-use vegetable oils. Acciona S.A. is a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, becoming the first Spanish public traded company of the Ibex 35 to joint this global council.
Online Editorial, www.windfair.net
Edited by Trevor Sievert, Online Editorial Journalist
UK, wind energy, wind power, wind turbine, wind farm, rotorblade, offsgore, onshore, renewable energy

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