EDF EN Canada Inc, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has recently announced the signature of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for the 60 MW Romney Wind Energy Centre project located in Ontario, Canada.
The 60 MW Romney Wind Energy Centre project is situated on more than 10,000 acres of privately-owned land in the municipality of Chatham-Kent and the town of Lakeshore. The project will be comprised of up to 20 wind turbines of 3 MW each. The wind farm has a total annual production enough to serve 25,000 households.
Construction of the project is planned to begin in Summer 2018, following the receipt of all required provincial and municipal permits, while commercial operation is expected in 2019.
Selected by the IESO in the Large Renewable Procurement I Request for Proposal, this renewable energy project represents a strategic partnership between EDF EN Canada and the Aamjiwnaang First Nation.
Cory Basil, Vice President of Development for EDF EN Canada, stated:
“Following EDF EN Canada’s positive experience engaging and working with First Nations and local communities as partners in various jurisdictions across Canada, we’ve expanded this model in Ontario through a partnership with Aamjiwnaang First Nation for the Romney Wind Energy Centre. In addition, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent has the option to acquire an equity interest in the project. This is a great opportunity to create renewable power on a large scale for the Province, working together with the communities involved. Our success is the result of the combined effort of each individual on our team and our partners and we are proud to help Ontario deliver its clean energy strategy.”
Chief of Aamjiwnaang First Nation Chris Plain commented:
“We are seeking to put forth a new development model thinking out of the box that will maximize the economic benefit to the First Nation for future generations to come. Our experience having a long-standing development corporation with a thriving industrial park built on long-term relationships and partnerships has shown us that when we focus on the benefits that we can bring to our partners, we can achieve success as our partners succeed.”
Randy Hope, Chatham-Kent Mayor, said:
“The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is very proud to once again stand as a leader in Ontario’s sustainable future and we look forward to the development of the Romney Wind Energy Centre. We worked closely with EDF EN Canada to ensure that the interests of the municipality were front and center and we’re happy to say that they cooperated with us openly and honestly every step of the way.”