Since last fall — October, November — those windmills belonging to Hydro have hardly been used at all. I've seen them maybe once or twice in operation," said Ramea Deputy Mayor Lester Gould. "We're not benefiting in any way, at all, from the windmills."
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When Gould asked Hydro NL when Ramea’s residents can expect their power bills to decrease, the company pointed to the generators as the issue. “They say they have to keep a generator running because when a surge is needed those windmills can’t provide the energy on short notice,” Gould stated. “So therefore we’re still burning diesel fuel, so the charges will remain as they are.”
Abengoa was awarded the contract for 400 kilometres of overhead transmission line on Newfoundland and in Nova Scotia. The power lines are part of the infrastructure that will connect the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project to the North American grid.
“There is no requirement for the wind energy, and there isn’t a business case … to support the expanse of the wind in the short term. I would suggest in the longer term, when we have interconnections with the rest of North America, I think the opportunities then will expand a fair bit.”