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Feds fund farm

It appears that the federal government is determined to prove that its stated commitment to alternative energy was not just hot air. A local wind farm project recently became the first company in Canada to receive $16.5 million of support from the government under the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power Initiative, introduced in January. The recipient of the money, Kettles Hill Wind Energy Inc. is currently finishing construction of a 63-megawatt wind-power facility located five kilometres east of Pincher Creek.

It appears that the federal government is determined to prove that its stated commitment to alternative energy was not just hot air.

A local wind farm project recently became the first company in Canada to receive $16.5 million of support from the government under the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power Initiative, introduced in January.

The recipient of the money, Kettles Hill Wind Energy Inc. is currently finishing construction of a 63-megawatt wind-power facility located five kilometres east of Pincher Creek.

For Kettles Hill Wind Energy board chairman Allan Kettles, the announcement marks the end of a lengthy process.

"It is good news, but it's been a long time coming," said Kettles, who first submitted an application for funding to the Liberal government in 2000. "We worked hard for it."

Today, roughly four per cent of Canada's electricity supply comes from emerging renewable energy sources.

Worldwide, wind energy is the world's fastest growing energy source, with a sustained growth rate of more than 30 per cent every year.

Robert Toole, president and CEO of parent company Creststreet Kettles Hill LP, applauded the federal government's investment in green energy as the Kettles Hill project nears... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

It appears that the federal government is determined to prove that its stated commitment to alternative energy was not just hot air.

A local wind farm project recently became the first company in Canada to receive $16.5 million of support from the government under the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power Initiative, introduced in January.

The recipient of the money, Kettles Hill Wind Energy Inc. is currently finishing construction of a 63-megawatt wind-power facility located five kilometres east of Pincher Creek.

For Kettles Hill Wind Energy board chairman Allan Kettles, the announcement marks the end of a lengthy process.

"It is good news, but it's been a long time coming," said Kettles, who first submitted an application for funding to the Liberal government in 2000. "We worked hard for it."

Today, roughly four per cent of Canada's electricity supply comes from emerging renewable energy sources.

Worldwide, wind energy is the world's fastest growing energy source, with a sustained growth rate of more than 30 per cent every year.

Robert Toole, president and CEO of parent company Creststreet Kettles Hill LP, applauded the federal government's investment in green energy as the Kettles Hill project nears completion.

"The support we're receiving from ecoENERGY for Renewable Power has been important to the economic viability of the project," he noted.

The money will be paid out over the course of 10 years, and the amount of the contribution was based on the wind farm's total production capacity.

Once the 35 wind turbines all become fully operational, they are expected to create 200,000 megawatt (MW) hours of emissions-free power each year, enough to power more than 27,000 average Alberta homes.

"We need to use technology to clean up our conventional energy," said Federal Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn regarding the funding decision.

"We need to put a lot more clean energy and renewable energy on the grid and we need to become more energy efficient."



Source: http://www.pinchercreekecho...

JUL 13 2007
https://www.windaction.org/posts/10042-feds-fund-farm
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