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EDF EN Canada Commissions 300 Megawatts of Wind Projects in Quebec

  EDF EN Canada Commissions 300 Megawatts of Wind Projects in Quebec

Business Wire

MONTREAL -- January 21, 2013

EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, announces the
commercial operation of the Massif du Sud Wind Project (150 MW) and the first
phase of the Lac Alfred Wind Project (150 MW) both located in Quebec.

Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred represent two of the seven wind energy projects
in total awarded to the company in 2008 and 2010 through Hydro-Quebec
Distribution calls for tenders. By the end of 2015, EDF EN Canada will have
developed and built a total of 1,003.2MW in the province.

The Lac Alfred Phase 1 project is located in the municipalities of
Saint-Cléophas, Sainte-Irène, Saint-Zénon-du-Lac-Humqui and the unorganized
territory (UT) of Lac Alfred in the MRC de La Matapédia and in the
municipality of La Rédemption and UT Lac-à-la-Croix in the MRC de La Mitis.
Massif du Sud is located in the municipalities of Saint-Luc-de-Bellechasse and
Saint-Magloire in the MRC des Etchemins and in the municipalities of
Notre-Dame-Auxiliatrice-de-Buckland and Saint-Philémon in the MRC de
Bellechasse. Both projects are comprised of 75 wind turbines each supplied by
REpower and made with regionally manufactured blades, towers and converters.

With a combined investment (Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred Phase 1) of close to
$700 million, the projects together created more than 600 jobs during the
construction phase, and will provide 20-30 permanent operations and
maintenance jobs. Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) (NYSE:ENB) participates in both
Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred (phase 1 and phase 2) as a co-owner through a 50
percent investment.

EDF EN Canada Inc.'s operation and maintenance affiliate, EDF Renewable
Services Canada Inc., will provide long-term operations and maintenance (O&M)
services. Hydro-Quebec will buy the power under 20-year power purchase
agreements (PPA).

“The reception and support from the communities, municipalities and the parc
regional du Massif du Sud have greatly contributed to the success of these
valuable wind projects. We are proud today to announce the commissioning and
to commence delivery of clean energy to the region,” commented Al
Kurzenhauser, COO for EDF EN Canada. “Bringing Massif du Sud and Lac Alfred
Phase 1 to completion is a result of outstanding efforts by REpower, CER,
Borea and our construction team who worked together to overcome challenges due
to complex sites and in particular adverse weather conditions. The entire team
performed with professional diligence, always putting safety first while
maintaining respect of the environment.”

Alex Couture, Project Development Director for EDF EN Canada further, added,
“Throughout the 20-year contract with Hydro-Quebec, the municipalities
concerned by these projects will receive a combined annual contribution of
over $600,000. The Corporation d’aménagement du parc régional du Massif du Sud
will also receive an annual contribution of about $75,000.”

“We are happy about the ongoing excellent cooperation with EDF EN Canada and
the team effort displayed in the projects we have realized together so far.
Our common projects resulted in a record of Canadian installations in 2012 and
the wind turbines of the MM82 and MM92 type in a special cold climate version
were delivered, installed and commissioned within less than one year. As the
business in Quebec and other provinces grows, so does our dedicated and highly
skilled team of local employees,” said Helmut Herold, Managing Director of
REpower’s Canadian subsidiary, REpower Systems Inc.

EDF EN Canada commissioned its first wind project, Saint-Robert-Bellarmin (80
MW), in October 2012 and is currently constructing Lac Alfred Phase 2 (150 MW)
with an expected operational date of December 2013. In total, the Company has
placed into service 380 MW in the last four months in Quebec which created
employment opportunities for nearly 750 people in the development and
construction phase.

Projects at a glance:

                                              
                    Lac Alfred Phase 1                    Massif du Sud
                                                          
Location            Bas-Saint-Laurent                     Chaudiere-Appalaches
                    Region                                Region
Installed           150 MW                                150 MW
Capacity
Annual Yield        500,000 MWh                           500,000 MWh
Turbines            75 REpower turbines                   75 REpower turbines
Equivalent          About 35,000                          About 35,000
Homes Served
Construction        Borea                                 CER
Company
Construction        June 2011                             November 2011
Start Date
Energy              Hydro-Quebec                          Hydro-Quebec
Purchaser           Distribution                          Distribution
Peak Work           More than 350 jobs                    More than 250 jobs
Force               during peak                           during peak
                    construction                          construction
                                                          

AboutEDF EN Canada Inc.:

EDF EN Canada, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, is a market leader in
renewable energy development, with an integrated approach that covers every
aspect of project origination and implementation through to electricity
generation, operations and maintenance. The company offers financial strength,
technical innovation and an unmatched commitment to customer service. EDF EN
Canada draws on the market leadership of EDF Renewable Energy, formerly enXco,
EDF EN’s American affiliate. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF
group. www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com, www.edf-en.ca

About EDF Renewable Services Inc.:

EDF Renewable Services Inc. – formerly enXco Service Corporation – is the
leading third-party provider of operations and maintenance services in North
America. With 25 years of experience, EDF Renewable Services understands
renewable energy facilities represent a substantial investment. The company
takes an owner-operator approach to ensure maximum returns on the asset, full
project value, and ongoing profitability for new and existing facilities. As
part of a global organization with utility-scale wind and solar plants, the
company brings depth of experience to every project. With more than 6
gigawatts of wind and solar under contract, EDF Renewable Services is the
trusted leader in O&M. For more information visit:
www.edf-renewable-services.com

Contact:

EDF EN Canada Inc.
Daniel Giguère, 418-997-2545
daniel.giguere@edf-en.ca
or
Sandi Briner, 858-521-3525
sandi.briner@edf-en.ca