Gaz Metro part of major wind energy project in Quebec

first_imgBoralex Inc and Gaz Metro Limited Partnership have learned that the minister of Quebec’s Natural Resources and Wildlife, Nathalie Normandeau, has approved for their two wind power projects in the northeast part of the province. The installed capacity of the facilities is 272 megawatts. Gaz Metro owns both Vermont Gas and Green Mountain Power.”The announcement of this decree, the first to be awarded to a project under the latest Hydro-Quebec call for tenders, is excellent news for the Consortium and clearly proves the environmental merit and social acceptability of the Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farms. We are enthusiastic about contributing to the expansion of wind power in Quebec,” said Patrick Lemaire, president and chief executive officer of Boralex and Sophie Brochu, president and chief executive officer of Gaz Metro.Having successfully completed the key step of obtaining environmental approvals, the Consortium can now move ahead with applying for construction permits and financing from financial institutions.The schedule startup date for the Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farms is December 2013. The Consortium’s wind farms are being built on land owned by the Seminary of Quebec, which is perfectly suited to wind power projects. In addition to the excellent wind conditions, the site is removed from urban and residential areas. The wind farms will be built 60 km northeast of Quebec City and 15 km north of Saint-Tite-des-Caps, which means there will be almost no visual or sound impacts for neighbouring communities.For more information, see the website for the Seigneurie de Beaupre wind farms at www.seigneuriedebeaupre.com(link is external).GMP Corporate Communications Manager Dorothy Schnure said that the Quebec project will not have a direct effect on GMP in Vermont, but does show the parent company’s commitment to renewable energy sources. She said that GMP and other Vermont utilities are in the investigation phase of developing a wind farm in Lowell, in north-central Vermont. She said the Vermont gourp has not committed to the project yet, but the installed output of the facility likely would be in the 30-40 megawatt size.At the moment, Schnure said the group is conducting environmental studies and later this month will file for a permit for a met tower to measure the wind resource. A description of the Lowell project can be found at www.kingdomcommunitywind.com(link is external).About BoralexBoralex is a major private electricity producer whose core business is the development and operation of power stations that generate renewable energy. Employing over 300 people, the Corporation owns and operates 22 power stations with a total installed capacity of 365 MW in Canada, in the Northeastern United States and in France. In addition, the Corporation has more than 300 MW of power projects under development. Boralex is distinguished by its diversified expertise and in-depth experience in three power generation segments – wind, hydroelectric and thermal. Boralex shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BLX.Boralex also holds a 23% interest in Boralex Power Income Fund, which has 10 power stations with a total installed capacity of 190 MW in Quebec and the United States. These sites are managed by Boralex.Gaz Metro OverviewWith nearly $3.6 billion in assets, Gaz Metro is Quebec’s leading natural gas distribution company. In the last 50 years, Gaz Metro has become the trusted energy provider to over 180,000 customers in Quebec and 134,500 customers in Vermont, a state where it distributes at once natural gas and electricity. Through its implication in the Seigneurie de Beaupre Wind Farm project, Gaz Metro gets involved in the production of renewable energy, continuing its commitment to the satisfaction of its customers, unitholders, employees and community. Source: Boralex. MONTREAL, July 8, 2009. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –last_img

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