Enbridge dedicates C$600m project

Enbridge on Tuesday formally dedicated the C$600m ($557.9m), 300MW Blackspring Ridge project in Alberta, the largest wind energy investment in western Canada.

The facility utilizes 166 Vestas V100-1.8MW wind turbines and is the Danish vendor’s largest supply contract in Canada. Blackspring will provide electricity to about 140,000 homes in the province.

EDF EN Canada was developer of the project, which entered commercial operation in May. EDF says it was built ahead of schedule and on budget.

Enbridge, based in Calgary, is Canada’s second largest wind energy generator.

“The Blackspring Ridge project is a joint effort between industry and government that demonstrates Alberta's commitment to renewable energy development," says Alberta Energy Minister Diana McQueen.

The Alberta-based Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation committed C$10m in support of Blackspring. The CCEMC provides funding for projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Alberta adapt to climate change.

Since October 2012, EDF EN Canada and Enbridge have commissioned three jointly-owned wind projects in Quebec: Saint-Robert-Bellarmin (80 MW), Massif du Sud (150 MW), and Lac-Alfred (300 MW).