OEB Approves Canadian Renewable Energy Corporation Application for Wind Farm Transmission Facilities



    TORONTO, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board issued an Order
granting an application by Canadian Renewable Energy Corporation for leave to
construct transmission facilities connecting its Wolfe Island wind farm to the
transmission grid.
    The project involves the construction of approximately 12.1 kilometres of
single circuit 230 Kilovolt (kV) underground and submarine electricity
transmission line and associated facilities. The transmission line would
extend from a new transformer station located on Wolfe Island to the Hydro One
Networks Inc. (Hydro One) Gardiner transformer station where it will connect
with existing Hydro One 230 kV transmission lines.
    Canadian Renewable Energy Corporation was one of the successful bidders
in the Ministry of Energy's June 2005 Request for Proposal for 1,000 MW of
renewable energy. It has entered into a 20-year contract with the Ontario
Power Authority to construct and operate a 198 MW wind farm on Wolfe Island.
The transmission line is needed to connect the Wolfe Island generation
facilities to the Hydro One transmission grid to transport power.
    After consideration of the evidence, the Board found the transmission
line to be in the public interest. In making its determination the Board noted
the project will have no impact on transmission rates in Ontario. The Board
also noted evidence demonstrating that Canadian Renewable Energy Corporation
had consulted with the local community and other stakeholders directly, and in
the course of the environmental assessment.

    The Ontario Energy Board regulates the province's electricity and natural
gas sectors in the public interest. It envisions a viable and efficient energy
sector with informed consumers served by responsive regulatory processes that
are effective, fair and transparent.
    For more information on the Board, please visit our Web site at
www.oeb.gov.on.ca or contact the Consumer Relations Centre at 416-314-2455 or
toll-free at 1-877-632-2727.





For further information:

For further information: Vanda Wall, Ontario Energy Board, (416)
440-8149


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