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Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro will oversee a monitoring program to measure the wind resource in Labrador.

"Our government believes wind has great potential as a source of energy in Labrador and on the island," says John Ottenheimer, acting Minister of Natural Resources. "We also believe that wind must be developed in such a way that benefits accrue to the people of the province. That is central to our government's natural resource development policy."

The government says it is continuing its work to complete a comprehensive provincial Energy Plan, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The plan will incorporate the government's public policy direction regarding the development of wind projects.

In support of this policy development process, technical issues about developing wind also need to be determined. Hydro will now proceed with a request for proposals (RFP) for a monitoring program in Labrador.

"Earlier this year, Hydro issued an RFP for 25 MW of wind generation for the island's interconnected system to determine how wind could be added to current operations in a cost-effective and reliable manner," says Ed Martin, Hydro's president and CEO. "Wind power generated on the island would be for domestic use and potentially reduce our reliance on the burning of oil for electricity."

The monitoring will take place over a 12-month period.


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