Two French companies have recently obtained significant contracts to construct wind turbines in Southern Alberta
ALSTOM has signed an agreement with NatureEner Canada for the construction of 138 wind turbines and EDF-EN has formed a partnership with Enbridge for the construction of 166 turbines...
ALSTOM has signed an agreement with NatureEner Canada for the construction of 138 wind turbines (Eco110-3 mw) in Wildrose Park near Medecine Hat. The value of this contract is estimated at 420 million euros. This marks Alstom’s entry into the Canadian wind turbine market.
EDF-EN has formed a partnership with Enbridge for the construction of 166 turbines (VestasV100-1.8mw) north of Lethbridge (Blackspring Ridge Project). This project, valued at 600 million dollars is the biggest investment ever made in wind energy in Alberta. It is also the first for EDF-EN Canada outside of Quebec and Ontario.
Southern Alberta near the US border is especially windy and offers great opportunity for wind turbine development.
Today the province produces 1.117 MW of wind energy representing:
17% of the total turbine energy (6,500 mw) produced in Canada,
8% of Alberta’s total electricity capacity.
Production of electricity from wind turbines could increase in Southern Alberta during the next ten years to 2,000 MW.