Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Mi’gmaq communities have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Hydro-Quebec Distribution for a 150 MW wind energy project located in Quebec’s Gaspe Peninsula.
The Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n Wind Farm LP entity is controlled 50-50 by Innergex and by three Mi’gmaq communities of Quebec: Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj. Innergex is responsible for the management of the construction and the operation of the wind farm.
“This project is significant to the socio-economic development of the Mi’gmaq communities of Gesgapegiag, Gespeg and Listuguj,” declares Chief Claude Jeannotte, chairperson of the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi. “It will create wealth and jobs not only for our members, but also for our neighbors in Gaspesie and elsewhere in Quebec. We see great opportunities for the future.”
The 150 MW wind project is located on public lands in the Avignon Regional County Municipality in Quebec. The environmental impact assessment for the project has been completed and submitted to regulators, and negotiations with potential turbine suppliers are under way.
Once all authorizations have been received, the partners expect to begin pre-construction activities, such as wood clearing, later this year and to begin construction in 2015. Commercial operation of the wind farm is slated for the end of 2016.
Project partners Capital Power, Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group have begun construction work on their 270 MW K2 Wind project in Ontario. This follows the successful completion of an $850 million financing with 15 institutions.
The partners note that the project is hiring local workers and using Ontario-made products. In total, the companies say more than 1,000 workers from across southwestern Ontario will be involved in the manufacturing and assembly of the project’s 140 Siemens wind turbines, as well as site construction and operations. Once operational in the second half of 2015, the project will create approximately 18 to 24 permanent full-time positions, the partners add.
“K2 is our third wind project in Ontario to start construction, bringing a total of 690 MW of new wind energy to the province,” says Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. “K2 embodies Pattern Development’s continued commitment to delivering world-class projects in a responsible way and is particularly exciting because we are hiring locally and using blades and towers made here in Ontario. We’re proud to be part of Ontario’s commitment to green energy.”
In other company news, Pattern has selected Envision Energy’s Wind OS system to consolidate control of its wind power assets in North and South America.
Envision says Pattern Energy will use Wind OS for its current operating fleet of six projects and 1,041 MW at its Operations Control Center (OCC) in Houston to standardize operations, ensure timely response to events, optimize performance and improve efficiency in the operation of its growing fleet.
According to Envision, Wind OS is a standardized overlay system that helps give operators control and monitoring capabilities for wind turbines, substations and met towers through a unified interface. In addition, the company says Wind OS provides access to a centralized data repository for analysis, trending and reporting of performance data.
Integration of Wind OS for the Pattern Energy fleet is under way and is projected to be fully implemented and tested in a four-month time frame.
Ohio Siting Board
The Ohio Power Siting Board (OPSB) has authorized Hardin Wind LLC to construct the Scioto Ridge wind farm. The facility will feature up to 176 wind turbines and have a nameplate capacity of up to 300 MW.
Hardin Wind, a wholly owned subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings Inc., will construct the project across 17,000 acres of leased private land in Lynn, McDonald, Roundhead, and Taylor Creek townships in Hardin County and Richland and Rushcreek townships in Logan County. The wind farm is associated with two additional OPSB cases that entail the construction of a 4.8-mile-long, 345 kV transmission line and a 345 kV substation in McDonald Township.
The OPSB says its order subjects the combined projects to 28 conditions that Hardin Wind must implement and follow to ensure the sound construction and safe operation of the wind farm, substation and transmission facilities, and to mitigate impacts to area residents and ecological resources.
Project To Pattern
In collaboration with utility BC Hydro, Vancouver-based Finavera Wind Energy Inc. has successfully transferred its power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 184 MW Meikle wind project to Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC, a subsidiary of Pattern Energy Group.
Finavera says this represents the last major milestone to close Pattern’s C$28 million acquisition of the project, and the companies will be working diligently to finalize the sale.
Concurrent with the assignment of the Meikle PPA to Pattern, and as required by BC Hydro, 116 MW of PPAs have been cancelled. Finavera says it retains the licenses and permits for those projects and continues to collect data from the sites.
Firms To Develop
500 MW In Mexico
Gamesa has reached an agreement with Santander for the joint development of a series of wind farms in Oaxaca, Mexico, with a total installed capacity of up to 500 MW.
Under the agreement, Gamesa will handle the development and construction of the wind farms, along with the supply and installation of the projects’ wind turbines. The projects will be developed over the next three years under the self-supply regime and under the framework of Open Season II, which is being spearheaded and coordinated by the Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission and Federal Electricity Commission.
Santander is contributing the 200 MW El Sauzal project to this agreement. Gamesa says the deal helps consolidate the wind company’s position in Mexico, where it has installed over 1 GW of wind power capacity. Gamesa notes it also services close to 800 MW in the country under operations and maintenance agreements.
Wind Farm Features
EDF EN Canada Inc. has signed a business agreement with Huron-Wendat Nation for the installation of the Riviere-du-Moulin wind project on a territory of interest for the Huron-Wendat Nation.
The Riviere-du-Moulin wind project, located in Wendake, Quebec, will consist of a total of 175 wind turbines for an overall installed capacity of 350 MW. EDF says a first phase of 150 MW will be commissioned in December 2014, followed by a second phase of 200 MW in December 2015.
“Implementing this agreement will generate substantial economic and material improvements for all members of the Huron-Wendat Nation and for future generations who will enjoy tangible benefits from this project,” states Grand Chief Konrad Sioui of the Huron-Wendat Nation. “The agreement also provides the Nation with the opportunity to invest financially in the project.”
Alex Couture, director of project development for EDF EN Canada, adds, “Throughout the negotiations, it was clear that Nation leaders were interested in being a partner in the creation of this new wind energy project. This is precisely why we are able to reach an agreement to the mutual benefit of both parties.”
H.B. White Canada
Named EPC Provider
H.B. White Canada Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of White Construction Inc., has been selected as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor to build four community wind energy projects in Nova Scotia.
Project developer juwi Wind Services Canada chose H.B. after a competitive process. The 24 MW portfolio consists of the 10 MW Pockwock Community Wind Project, 6 MW Millbrook Community Wind Project, 4 MW Truro-Heights Community Wind Project and 4 MW Whynotts Community Wind Project.
“The White organization and their affiliated companies have built over 10,500 MW of wind power projects throughout North America and traditionally build much larger projects. However, the close proximity of these projects and our past experience working with First Nations made the juwi wind portfolio an attractive opportunity for our company,” says Chris Hanson of White Construction Inc.
The projects were developed as a portfolio under the Nova Scotia Community Feed-In-Tariff program, through which each project is partially owned by the local community. The four projects entered into agreements with Vestas to supply 12 total V100-2.0 MW turbines in late 2013.
AXYS Deploys LIDAR
AXYS Technologies Inc. has deployed one of its WindSentinel Land Stations on a man-made island at the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay in the Mid-Atlantic as part of a project headed by WeatherFlow Inc. Funded by the Virginia Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund, the project is focused on developing a wind monitoring and forecasting system for offshore wind energy.
The Vindicator III LiDAR, packaged in the WindSentinel Land Station, has already been deployed for a field-verification period next to a tall met mast at Stumpy Point, N.C. AXYS says the solution is now deployed on a small island that is part of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel complex for a period of up to a year to validate and improve WeatherFlow’s wind forecasting models.
Steve Woll, WeatherFlow’s director of business development, says, “With no measurements currently available in the coastal zone at wind turbine rotor heights, we’re looking forward to using the WindSentinel’s data to better capture the highly variable features of the coastal wind regime.”
Wind developer OwnEnergy Inc. has signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) for 25 MW generated by the 50 MW Alexander wind farm, to be located south of Alexander, Kan.
The developer expects the energy to be available to the BPU in October 2015. Joe Jarsulic, director of electric supply planning for the BPU, estimates that this agreement will save ratepayers an average of $900,000 annually over the 20-year term.
OwnEnergy says this PPA will help the BPU have wind energy equal to 10% of its peak demand and 22% of its peak in renewables when the wind farm goes online. This exceeds Kansas’ renewable portfolio standard, which currently requires electric utilities to have at least 10% of their peak demand from renewable resources through 2015, 15% in 2016 and 20% beginning in 2020.
OwnEnergy also notes that the wind farm is being developed as a result of a partnership with the Bannister Family, which has been farming and ranching in Rush County, Kan., for over 100 years. Approximately 17 landowners are involved in the project, and OwnEnergy expects the wind farm will create 150 full-time equivalent jobs during construction, as well as five permanent on-site jobs during operation.
In addition, the developer says Rush County will receive more than $1.6 million in direct payments, and those local farmers and ranchers who lease land to the project can expect over $7.3 million over the life of the wind farm.
The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) has granted the 291 MW Heritage wind farm a three-year permit extension.
According to an AUC document, the project was slated for completion on or before May 30 of this year; however, developer Heritage Wind Farm Development Inc. requested an extension to the fourth quarter of 2017.
Heritage said the plant could not be completed on schedule due to a delayed transmission project. The developer now anticipates that the Goose Lake/Castle Rock Ridge to Chapel Rock 240/500 kV transmission line, which is required for the full production of the power plant, will not be fully operational until the end of 2017.
A 6 MW Siemens prototype has become the first machine to begin flowing power from SSE Renewables’ offshore wind turbine test facility in Hunterston, Scotland.
SSE explains the Siemens SWT-6.0-154 wind turbine is 177 meters high, and the Hunterston site has similar wind conditions to those found offshore, as well as access to the grid and an adjacent jetty for facilitating component deliveries.
“We are delighted with the news of first power for our 6 MW turbine at Hunterston,” comments Siemens’ Clark MacFarlane. “This is another important milestone for our next-generation wind turbine technology.”
Ian Flannagan, SSE’s project construction manager, notes that the test site is now preparing the site for a second wind turbine, a Mitsubishi SeaAngel 7 MW offshore model. That machine is slated to arrive this summer.
SSE says the Hunterson project is the U.K.’s first onshore test site for offshore turbines, with support by Scottish Enterprise; the Department for Energy and Climate Change; and the Department of Business, Innovations and Skills.
Join Forces In France
AREVA has selected Schneider Electric as its preferred supplier of power equipment for its offshore wind projects in France.
This agreement includes a 500 MW wind farm in the bay of Saint Brieuc and the current tenders for offshore wind farms at Le Treport and Noirmoutier. Under the terms of the deal, Schneider Electric will supply transformers and circuit breakers for AREVA’s wind farms. These components will be manufactured at two of Schneider’s French industrial sites, located near Metz and Grenoble. w
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