The public's focus on conservation and climate change continues to motivate governments to increase their emphasis on energy efficiency and green energy initiatives, including wind, water, biomass, biogas, solar, waste heat, fuel cell and geothermal energy generation.
Enbridge has been a leader in green energy generation for almost a decade, and we plan to keep it that way for many decades to come as society transitions to a greater use of renewable energy.
Solar: Enbridge entered solar energy in a significant way in 2009 with its investment in the 80-MW Sarnia Solar facility. Enbridge believes that solar energy represents meaningful opportunities for long-term growth.
Wind: We currently have wind farms in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario with a combined capacity of over 260 MW, and in 2009 added the 99-MW Talbot Wind Project, expected to begin operations by the end of 2010. We expect future wind opportunities to come through expanding our existing operations and developing new greenfield projects near Enbridge operations throughout North America.
Fuel cell: In 2008, Enbridge launched the world's first hybrid fuel cell power plant that harvests energy that would otherwise be wasted at gas utility pressure reduction stations. The fuel cell produces about 2.2 MW of near zero-emissions electricity-enough to serve about 1,700 homes. We plan to replicate the plant throughout our distribution network in Ontario and market the hybrid fuel cell to other natural gas utility companies in North America.
Waste heat: Enbridge Income Fund has a 50% interest in NRGreen, which generates electricity using waste heat from four of Alliance Canada's compressor stations, generating a total of about 20 MW that is sold under long-term contract to Saskatchewan's grid.
The 190-MW Enbridge Ontario Wind Power Project went into full commercial operation in the first quarter of 2009.
The photovoltaic technology in use at Enbridge's Sarnia Solar Project generates electricity with no air emissions, no waste production and no water use. When expanded to 80 MW by the end of 2010, the Sarnia Solar Project will be one of the largest photovoltaic solar facilities in North America, and Enbridge expects it will generate enough power to meet the needs of over 12,800 homes and help to save the equivalent of approximately 39,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.