Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

September 16, 2009 12:30 ET

Natural Resources Canada: Government of Canada Invests in Clean Energy for Newfoundland and Labrador

ST. LAWRENCE, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - Sept. 16, 2009) - Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador will benefit from a reliable supply of clean electricity at competitive prices, thanks to a Government of Canada investment in the province's first commercial wind farm.

Speaking on behalf of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, at the official opening of the St. Lawrence Wind Project, Senator Fabian Manning announced that the project will receive up to $8.3 million.

"Our partnership in this project is helping to generate new economic activity and creating jobs for this community," said Senator Manning. "This investment in St. Lawrence is another step toward a cleaner and sustainable energy future for Newfoundland and Labrador and for all of Canada."

The nine turbines at the St. Lawrence Wind Power Project have a total capacity of 27 megawatts, enough to meet the electricity demands of about 7,000 homes. The project is located just outside St. Lawrence and is owned by Enel Atlantic Canada Limited Partnership. Electricity generated at the St. Lawrence project is being purchased by Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro.

"As our first wind project in Canada, the St. Lawrence project is a significant milestone for Enel," said Toni Volpe, Head of the North American Area for Enel Green Power. "We're grateful for the Canadian government's strong commitment to renewable energy. The government's support through the ecoEnergy program is crucial if we are to create a new green economy that both protects our environment and creates a pollution-free energy infrastructure for the future."

Wind power and other renewable energy sources are increasingly becoming part of Canada's energy mix. In recognition of this success, Minister Raitt announced a series of national roundtables that will bring together all the key players and promote a new level of discussion and collaboration with everyone who has a role in determining our energy future - industry, researchers, government and the financial community.

The $1.5-billion ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program provides a one cent per kilowatt-hour incentive. Canada's Economic Action Plan builds on this investment with an additional $2.4 billion to support the development and deployment of cleaner energy technologies and supporting infrastructure, including the $1-billion Clean Energy Fund and the $1-billion Green Infrastructure Fund.

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The Government of Canada is investing in more clean energy for Newfoundland and Labrador. Senator Fabian Manning today announced up to $8.3 million in federal funding for the St. Lawrence Wind Project, which will have a total capacity of 27 megawatts, enough to meet the electricity needs of about 7,000 homes.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

ecoENERGY for Renewable Power

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

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