- EarthFirst Canada Inc. has signed a wind turbine supply and long term service contract with ENERCON GmbH for the acquisition of 15 ENERCON E82 2 MW Turbines for installation and use at EarthFirst's Grand Valley project in Ontario. EarthFirst reports its Grand Valley project already has three power purchase agreements for an overall 30 megawatts in place with the Ontario Power Authority, and the project has expansion potential of a further 10 MW. EarthFirst expects to receive the required environmental permit and interconnection agreements from the Province of Ontario by mid 2008, and aims for an in-service date in 2009.
- Acciona Wind Energy has been selected by the Province of New Brunswick for the construction of two wind power projects situated in Aulac and Lameque, New Brunswick. The Lameque wind park will consist of 33 1.5 MW Acciona turbines and carry an investment cost of approximately $103 million, whereas the 64.5 MW Aulac project will carry a total cost of approximately $125 million. Acciona expects both projects to be in service some time in 2009.
- Finavera Renewable has completed all significant environmental field work in preparation for its 75 MW Ghost Pine wind project situated approximately 150 kilometres northeast of Calgary. Finavera expects to submit a planning application for the project to the Alberta Utilities Commission by this spring. If approved, construction could begin on the project by fall in order to reach a targeted in-service date in 2009. Finavera has indicated that a wind resource assessment is underway for a potential phase 2 for the Ghost Pine project which would add an additional 75 MW of capacity.
Enbridge has launched a new project aimed at developing underground carbon dioxide storage. The Alberta Saline Aquifer Project will include BP, ConocoPhillips, EnCana and Penn West Energy Trust as partners. The consortium will spend about $750,000 to identify sites for long-term storage of the greenhouse gas in deep saline aquifers by the end of this year. The second phase would involve a $20 million to $30 million pilot project in Alberta, designed to receive carbon dioxide. Later phases would include developing large-scale commercial projects. The group expects to benefit from the use of $500 million in provincial and federal funds recently made available by the Canadian government for the research and development of such projects.