EPCOR initiates environmental assessment process for a new wind power project in British Columbia

    RICHMOND, BC, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - EPCOR Utilities Inc. ("EPCOR"), through its
indirect wholly owned subsidiary EPCOR Power Development (British Columbia)
Limited Partnership, has initiated an environmental assessment process for the
Quality Wind Project ("QWP"). This 100 to 200 megawatt ("MW") wind energy
project is proposed for an area approximately ten kilometres northeast of
Tumbler Ridge.
    The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office ("EAO") has issued a
Section 10 Order formally triggering a review of the QWP under British
Columbia's Environmental Assessment Act. EPCOR will be preparing environmental
and socio-community studies in support of an application to the EAO for an
environmental assessment certificate and will be undertaking an extensive
dialogue and engagement program with regional stakeholders, First Nations and
other Aboriginal communities throughout the environmental assessment process.
The project description can be viewed on the EAO website at:

    EPCOR operates more than 3,400 MW of power generation throughout North
America; 35 per cent of its generating capacity comes from renewable sources
and waste energy recycling. In BC, EPCOR generates power from four small hydro
facilities and one of the largest biomass facilities in North America, located
in Williams Lake. In 2007, these facilities generated enough clean electricity
to meet the average annual needs of 89,000 homes in BC. The company also
operates the 40 MW Kingsbridge Wind Power Project located in Ontario.

    The QWP was initiated by Chinook Power Corp., who will continue to act as
a consultant to the project. Construction of the QWP will be subject to
conditions such as regulatory approvals, economic and engineering assessments,
successful participation in an anticipated competitive bid process by BC
Hydro, and negotiation of a power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.

    EPCOR Utilities Inc. builds, owns and/or operates power plants,
electrical transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater
treatment facilities and infrastructure in Canada and the United States. EPCOR
has been named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for eight consecutive years,
and is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. EPCOR's web site is www.epcor.ca.

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context, words such as "will", "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "intend",
"target", "expect" or similar words suggest future outcomes. By their nature,
such statements are subject to significant risks and uncertainties, which
could cause EPCOR's actual results and experience to be materially different
than the anticipated results. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are
not limited to, operating performance, commodity prices and volumes, load
settlement, regulatory and government decisions, weather and economic
conditions, competitive pressures, construction risks, obtaining financing and
the performance of partners, contractors and suppliers.
    Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking
statements as actual results could differ materially from the plans,
expectations, estimates or intentions expressed in the forward-looking
statements. Except as required by law, EPCOR disclaims any intention and
assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement even if new
information becomes available, as a result of future events or for any other

For further information:

For further information: Jay Shukin, EPCOR Corporate Relations, (250)

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