We are always looking for ways to serve New Brunswickers and to be even more reliable, efficient and responsible. That's why we have added wind energy to our renewable portfolio.
Renewable energy sources like wind are an important part of our overall commitment to customers, the environment and our neighbours in communities across the province. Our goal is to ensure that 40% of our total in-province electricity sales come from renewable energy resources, like wind, by the end of 2020. Today, we have 294 MW of wind energy on our grid to help us meet that goal.
Here's more on the farms that help put that wind energy on our grid.
Caribou Wind Park
Completed in October 2009, the Caribou Wind Park, located 70 miles west of Bathurst, began operation. The wind farm, operated by ENGIE, has 33 turbines and a 99-megawatt capacity, which is enough to power as many as 19,000 New Brunswick homes. Each turbine consists of an 80-metre tower, 45-metre long blades and a nacelle that is the size of a bus.
Kent Hills Wind Farm
In 2007, we signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for 96 megawatts (MW) of wind power with TransAlta. Along with their local development partner, Natural Forces Technologies Inc., TransAlta constructed a 96 MW wind power facility in the southeastern part of New Brunswick in Albert County which they own and operate.
The facility began commercial operation in December 2008, becoming New Brunswick’s first wind farm.
In order for the electricity produced at the Kent Hills Wind Farm to connect to NB Power’s electrical grid, we built a new 28.5 km transmission line that runs from the facility to the Salisbury terminal.
In January 2009, we signed another 25-year power purchase agreement, this one for 54 MW with TransAlta. As part of this agreement, they constructed an additional 18 wind turbines. With the addition of this expansion, Kent Hills now produces enough electricity to power approximately 26,000 New Brunswick homes.
Check out this video we made with our education partner, The Gaia Project, to see more on how Kent Hills Wind Farm works.
Lamèque Wind Power Project
The wind farm project is located on private land on Lamèque Island in Gloucester County in the north-east region of New Brunswick. In 2010, we signed a 25 year Power Purchase Agreement with ACCIONA Energy to develop the 45 MW wind farm. To connect this farm to our grid, we constructed a 69 kV transmission line from the farm to an existing 69 kV line at a point near the Lamèque Substation. The wind farm consists of 30 1.5 MW wind turbines on over 3,100 acres of property.