EPCOR submits bid for Quality Wind Project

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA - EPCOR Utilities Inc., through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary EPCOR Power Development (British Columbia) Limited Partnership, has submitted a comprehensive bid to BC HydroÂ’s 2008 Clean Power Call for the Quality Wind Project (QWP).

The project, proposed to be approximately 142 megawatts, is located about 10 kilometres northeast of Tumbler Ridge.

“We are developing the QWP with the goal of making it truly sustainable – environmentally, economically, and for the regional community,” said EPCOR Vice President Fred Shafai. “EPCOR is progressing with the environmental assessment process for the project, including dialogue and engagement with the First Nations and stakeholders in the region.”

The QWP is currently undergoing an environmental assessment. EPCOR anticipates filing for an Environmental Assessment Certificate in the first half of 2009.

EPCOR operates more than 3,500 MW of power generation throughout North America; 35 per cent of its generating capacity comes from renewable sources and waste energy recycling. In B.C., EPCOR generates power from four small hydro facilities and one of the largest biomass facilities in North America, located in Williams Lake. In 2007, these facilities generated enough clean electricity to meet the average annual needs of 89,000 homes in B.C. The company also operates the 40 MW Kingsbridge Wind Power Project located in Ontario.

Construction of the QWP will be subject to conditions such as regulatory approvals, economic and engineering assessments, successful participation in BC HydroÂ’s bid process, and negotiation of a power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.

EPCORÂ’s wholly-owned subsidiaries build, own and operate power plants, electrical transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure in Canada and the United States. EPCOR, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, has been named one of CanadaÂ’s Top 100 employers for nine consecutive years, and was selected one of CanadaÂ’s 10 Most Earth-Friendly Employers. EPCORÂ’s website is www.epcor.ca.

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