Project marks renewable milestone for Alberta

A $20m wind power project is slated to be built in Alberta, Canada, marking a major step towards harnessing wind for power in Canada. Pending regulatory approval, a partnership between Enbridge Inc. and Suncor Energy Inc., both of Calgary, Alberta, will generate the region’s first major supply of renewable energy through a wind power project to be built in southwest Saskatchewan.

Once completed, the project will increase Canada’s generation of power from wind by approximately ten per cent and has the potential to expand further as additional market demand develops.

Ontario Power Generation and British Energy (Canada) Ltd. have also announced plans to construct Ontario’s first large-scale wind energy site on the shores of Lake Huron near Kincardine, Ontario. The companies said they want to market the output to so-called green power consumers.

The $10m project will have a capacity of 10 MW and will start operating in 2002.

Petrobras teams with FiatAvio

Brazilian state oil producer Petrobras and FiatAvio of Italy have started the construction of the 705 MW Ibirite thermoelectric project – Ibiritermo – at a cost of around $600m. The Italian group’s subsidiary Fiat Engineering is handling the turnkey contract for the work on a site at Ibirite in Minas Gerais state.

GE is to deliver the first gas turbine in July with a new steam turbine and a boiler being installed by the end of 2002. The first phase of the 155 MW project is expected to consume 1.1m m3 of natural gas per day to be supplied from the offshore Campos Basin through the Rio-Belo Horizonte gas pipeline.

  • Brazilian power generation company Furnas Centrais Eletricas is to be put up for sale by auction in March 2002.

New plants for Peru

The Peruvian government said that a company controlled by Peruvian and American capital is interested in building a 100 MW power plant in Peru. The project will demand investments of $100m.

The government recently authorized the construction of the Central Hidroelectrica de Chevez power plant with a capacity of 525 MW capacity. It has also granted a concession for the Huanza and Platanal power plants, but the groups interested in those projects have not decided yet whether or not they will develop them.

The 525 MW Chevez project, worth around $500m and designed by the Peru Hydro consortium, had been put on hold by the Fujimori administration in 1999 due to technical problems and environmental concerns.

Boost for Texas wind power

FPL Energy has announced the development of one of the world’s largest wind power electric generating facilities to be located on King Mountain in Upton County, Texas. The project will have a generating capacity of 278.2 MW, sufficient to supply power to more than 80 000 Texas homes.

The project will be owned and operated by FPL Energy, LLC, the independent power production subsidiary of FPL Group Inc. Electricity generated by the new facility will be sold to Reliant Energy of Houston, Austin energy and Texas-New Mexico Power.

FPL Energy currently owns and operates a 1000 MW natural gas plant in Paris, Texas, and the 75 MW southwest Mesa wind farm in west Texas.

New York: crisis or crossroads?

New York State electricity and Gas Corporation (NYSEG), a subsidiary of Energy East Corporation, has recently published a report on New York’s energy crisis in which it warns that the New York electric energy market, like a train without brakes, is on a volatile, high-priced track leading towards derailment.

Since the inception of the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) operation in November 1999, wholesale electric prices in the state have risen over 100 per cent due to insufficient supply.

The urgency for solutions was reaffirmed recently when the NYISO issued a report which concludes that there are serious problems with generation supply and a lack of transmission and pipeline infrastructure which will prevent the emergence of a robust wholesale electric market until 2008.

Bush rebuffs Europe on Kyoto

The Bush administration has rejected pleas from senior European officials to reconsider its position on the Kyoto treaty. The rebuff is the latest in a series of US/EU policy clashes.

EU officials say they will proceed with Kyoto without the US and continue with planned visits to Canada, Japan, Iran, Russia and China to discuss the future of the talks.