Mnidoo Mnising Power

Mnidoo Mnising Power
Northland Power Inc.

Northland Power Inc.

February 11, 2011 15:34 ET

Mnidoo Mnising Power and Northland Power Enter Equal Partnership on Northern Ontario Wind Project

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 11, 2011) - Mnidoo Mnising Power ("MMP"), a company formed by the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising First Nations ("UCCMM"), has entered into a 50/50 partnership with Northland Power Inc. ("Northland") (TSX:NPI)(TSX:NPI.DB)(TSX:NPI.DB.A)(TSX:NPI.PR.A) to develop the McLean's Mountain 60 megawatt Wind Farm Project, located on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron.

"The United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising are committed to the thoughtful and responsible development of our natural resources, where our families' needs are addressed and that provides a better future for our young people," said UCCMM Tribal Chair Chief Shining Turtle. "Our shared ownership with Northland Power is an important model of how First Nations can work closely with the private sector and government on something that both benefits our people and supports the Province of Ontario's leadership in renewable energy."

"Northland is proud to continue to expand its relationships with First Nations," said Northland CEO John Brace. "We see First Nations and community partnerships as central to our growing portfolio of clean and renewable energy projects. McLean's Mountain and future projects will provide energy to Ontario and resources to strengthen UCCMM communities, while respecting our environment."


Mnidoo Mnising Power is a corporation established by the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM) a tribal council based on and around Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. Its members include M'Chigeeng First Nation; Sheguiandah First Nation; Sheshegwaning First Nation; Aundeck-Omni-Kaning First Nation; Whitefish River First Nation; and Zhiibaahaasing First Nation. UCCMM formed Mnidoo Mnising Power to lead renewable energy projects on Manitoulin Island in order to protect First Nations' rights, heritage and ensure the future for First Nations' youth. The 50/50 partnership with Northland Power starts with the McLean's Mountain Wind Farm Project but includes all future renewable energy projects on the UCCMM First Nations' traditional territory, and down the road may include solar, hydro, gas or electrical infrastructure projects.


Northland owns or has an economic interest in nine power projects totalling over 1,050 MW (net 815 MW). Northland's assets comprise natural-gas-fired plants which efficiently and cleanly produce electricity and steam, as well as facilities generating renewable energy from wind, solar and biomass. Northland's plants are located in Canada, the United States and Germany. In addition, Northland has the 86 MW Spy Hill project, 260 MW North Battleford project and 100 MW Mont Louis wind farm in construction, and 216 MW of wind, solar and run-of-river hydro projects awarded under the Ontario Power Authority's feed-in-tariff program in advanced stages of development. In December 2010, Northland was awarded a 20-year power purchase agreement for a 24 MW wind farm in Frampton, Quebec. Northland also has a diverse development portfolio of high-quality 'Clean and Green' energy projects, including wind, solar, natural gas, and hydro assets to support its strategy of sustainable growth.

Northland's common shares, preferred shares and two series of convertible debentures, which trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A, NPI.DB and NPI.DB.A, respectively, are qualified investments for RRSPs, RRIFs and DPSPs under the Canadian Income Tax Act. Northland has in place a dividend re- investment plan that allows common shareholders who are residents of Canada to automatically have their monthly cash dividends reinvested in additional common shares. Participants do not pay any costs associated with the plan, including brokerage commissions. For further information or to join the plan, contact your financial advisor or broker.

Contact Information

  • UCCMM:
    Ian Roberts, Weber Shandwick
    Northland Power:
    Rick Martin
    Senior Manager, Business Development, Wind Energy
    Project Manager, McLean's Mountain Wind Farm
    Office: (705) 368-0303 or Cell: (705) 271-5358