WINNIPEG – The plug has been pulled on a proposed 175-megawatt wind farm that proponents say would have added more alternative energy to Manitoba and be a boon to area farmers. Ed Pakulak, the Canadian spokesman for U.S.-based Competitive Power Ventures, said Manitoba Hydro is focused on hydroelectric power.
The planned wind farm, next to the 63-wind turbine wind farm at St. Leon, had been in the works for about three years, but never advanced past the proposal stage. Tentative agreements were in place with about 25 landowners for turbines on their properties and with the RM of Thompson. CPV’s decision to pull out of Manitoba comes as the province’s Public Utilities Board studies a bid by Hydro to build the Keeyask and Conawapa generating stations and a new transmission line to the United States. Read article