-- Cartier's Gros-Morne Wind Farm Powered by GE 1.5-77 turbines -- GE's Local Content Fulfillment Critical to Project Success -- Advanced Services Technology Bringing Clean Power to the Gaspésie Region GASPÉ, QC, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - Cartier Wind Energy announced the operation of its Gros-Morne Phase II wind project, powered by 74 GE (NYSE: GE) 1.5-77 wind turbines and located in the Gaspésie region of Quebec. The amount of energy generated by the Gros-Morne wind farm can power approximately 20,000 homes in the province of Quebec. Gros-Morne I and II combined is the largest wind farm in Canada with a total output of 211.5 megawatts (MW). GE is supplying 593 1.5-77wind turbines and associated services for wind energy projects in Quebec, including Gros-Morne. The projects were awarded as part of Hydro-Quebec's 2004 request for proposals (RFP) to supply the province with 1,000 MW of new wind power capacity by 2012. GE's local supply chain manufacturing and supplier partners have been integral to the fulfillment of the province's local content requirements. Hydro-Quebec has purchased the energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement. Cartier Wind Energy is a joint venture between TransCanada and Innergex. "Cartier énergie éolienne wishes to acknowledge the exemplary work by the GE technicians in the success of the Gros-Morne-Sainte-Madeleine wind farm. You have played an important role in order to deliver the wind farm around 25 days before the date of the commissioning contract with Hydro-Québec. This result demonstrates your professionalism and your commitment," said Robert Guillemette, CEO of Cartier Wind Energy. The Gros-Morne project includes a four-year GE operations and maintenance service contract with Cartier. GE has more than 50 wind technicians and engineers in Canada providing expertise on parts, maintenance, upgrades and long-term service contracts for a fleet of more than 1,400 units. The company's regional wind services parts warehouse is located in Toronto for fast and reliable distribution throughout the country. "We have proven our ability to execute major projects with local content requirements in Quebec and are positioned for the upcoming 700-megawatt RFP expected to be launched in 2013," said Guy Crepeau, region sales manager for GE's renewable energy business in Canada. "We are committed to working with developers, including Cartier, as we continue to develop advanced technology to harness Canada's abundant wind resources." Canada is among the world leaders in the production and use of renewable energy. The country's installed wind base is set to nearly double by 2014, to an expected 10 gigawatts of capacity. About GE GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com. About GE Power & Water GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar; biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world's most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Numerous products are qualified under ecomagination, GE's commitment to providing innovative solutions that maximize resources, drive efficiencies and help make the world work better. Power & Water's seven business units include Aeroderivative Gas Turbines; Gas Engines; Nuclear Energy; Power Generation Services; Renewable Energy; Thermal Products and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE's largest industrial business. Follow GE Power & Water and GE's renewables business on Twitter @GE_PowerWater and @GErenewables. Lindsay Theile GE Power & Water +1 518 385 3194 email@example.com Ken Darling or Beth Coffman Masto Public Relations +1 518 786 6488 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com SOURCE: General Electric Canada Inc. To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2012/28/c4240.html CO: General Electric Canada Inc. ST: Ontario NI: HOU -0- Nov/28/2012 15:04 GMT
Largest Wind Farm in Canada Commissioned in Quebec
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