TransCanada starts commercial operation of Gros-Morne wind project

TransCanada (TSX: TRP) recently commissioned the Quebec-based Gros-Morne wind project, which is the final phase of Cartier Wind Energy.

The 111-MW Gros-Morne project was officially commissioned early Nov. 6. TransCanada said the project can produce enough electricity to power over 20,000 Quebec homes.

The five phases of Cartier Wind Energy has a total capacity of 590 MW, enough to meet the needs of more than 100,000 Quebec homes. All of the power produced by the project is sold to Hydro-Quebec under 20-year power purchase agreements. Cartier is the largest wind farm in Canada and is 62% owned by TransCanada and 38% owned by Innergex Renewable Energy.

TransCanada also said in a news release that more than one-third of its power portfolio comes from renewable or emission-free sources. TransCanada owns, operates or has a significant interest in a number of projects – including New England’s largest wind project and 13 hydro facilities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.

General Electric (NYSE: GE) said in a Nov. 28 news release that the Gros-Morne project uses its wind turbine technology. The Gros-Morne project includes a four-year GE operations and maintenance service contract with Cartier.

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