• One of the largest utilities in the U.S.A., Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), will be meeting its renewable standard portfolio (RSP) compliance requirements by purchasing renewable energy credits (RECs) from two large wind projects in Alberta, Canada. PG&E has entered into two 20‐year purchase contracts with Greengate Power to purchase RECs from Greengate’s 150 MW Halkirk 1 project and 300 MW Blackspring Ridge 1 project. PG&E will buy RECs and energy from Greengate at each project’s point of grid interconnection, then, retaining the green attributes, will sell the energy back to Greengate to be marketed separately in Alberta. Greengate aims to complete Halkirk 1 in 2012 and Blackspring Ridge 1, which will be Canada’s largest wind farm, by 2013.  
  • Enbridge entered into a $91.9 million deal with First Solar to purchase two Ontario solar projects, the 15 MW Amherstburg 2 project and the 5 MW Tilbury project. First Solar will continue to develop the Amherstburg 2 project, which it will build, operate, and maintain. First Solar completed the Tilbury project in December, which it will also continue to operate and maintain. Project output will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority under a 20‐year agreement.  
  • Enfinity commenced construction on a 36 MW solar farm in East Hawkesbury, Ontario, adding to the several Photovoltaic projects in the province. Ontario is currently the second‐largest solar market on the continent, behind California.  
  • EDF Energies Nouvelles entered into an agreement with RES Canada to purchase a 1 GW portfolio of seven wind projects in Quebec and an interest in Saint Laurent, the company formed to develop the projects. EDF Energies Nouvelles has yet to select an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for this portfolio and is currently reviewing EPC contractors with the capacity to realize the projects.