Can P.E.I.’s mighty breeze transform the island from power importer to energy exporter?
Posted on March 15, 2021 | By Charles Mandel | 0 Comments
Prince Edward Island’s energy corporation harbours big ambitions when it comes to renewable energy, particularly wind power. Page three of the 2016/17 P.E.I. Energy Corporation strategy report states: “…we will explore and develop relationships with transmission and generation project partners to enable the province to take advantage of potential future export opportunities.” But while clean, renewable energy from the wind sounds promising, the question remains: Will P.E.I. be able to build enough infrastructure and capacity to not only take control of its own energy future, but also provide enough surplus for export?
Picking up speed
The PEI Energy Corp. (PEIEC) wants to add 30 megawatts of wind power (six to eight new turbines) to its existing Eastern Kings Wind Farm. That expansion would double the capacity of the wind farm, which currently hosts 10 massive Vestas V-90 turbines. There are talks of adding another 40-megawatt project in 2025.
While impressive to behold, those additional turbines won’t generate power for export. It’ll only be enough to meet current demand, explains Carl Brothers, the founder and president of Frontier Power Systems. Frontier is providing project management services to the development. Among other things, the company specializes in wind turbine manufacturing, and installation.
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