New Wind Farm Is A Green Power Milestone For Ontario



    Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program Project Plugs Into Grid

    RAVENSWOOD, ON, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - The province's newest wind farm is the
first of its kind to be built and brought on line with the help of Ontario's
Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program.
    The new 10-megawatt, six-turbine facility - located in Ravenswood near
Grand Bend - is one of more than 200 contracts awarded through the program
since November 2006.
    The program - the largest of its kind in North America - encourages
small, local, renewable energy projects. It is expected to add another 1,000
megawatts of renewable power from small, local projects to Ontario's
electricity system over the next 10 years.
    "Wind power is a great way to reduce our reliance on coal and clean up
our air," said Minister of Energy Gerry Phillips. "Wind power projects can
also provide spin-off benefits including job creation and lease income for
landowners."
    The Ravenswood project will help Ontario wind capacity surpass the
500-megawatt mark for the first time - enough green power for 130,000 homes a
year.
    The project will also make Ontario one of the top producers of
wind-generated electricity in Canada. That's a dramatic turnaround for a
province that produced less than 15 megawatts of wind power in 2003 - one of
the lowest levels among provinces in Canada.
    The Ravenswood project was developed by Sky Generation, in partnership
with Bullfrog Power, a renewable energy provider.
    "The Government of Ontario recognizes the importance of wind power
projects in this province," said Glen Estill, president and CEO of Sky
Generation. "The support of the province's Renewable Energy Standard Offer
Program helped make this project possible."

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For further information:

For further information: Alan Findlay, Minister's Office, (416)
327-3546; Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, (416) 327-4334

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