Nuttby wind project approved

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HALIFAX - The Nuttby wind project has been given a green light by the Nova Scotia Utility Review Board (URB).
"This decision enables the project to proceed," said David Rhodenizer, spokesman for Nova Scotia Power Inc., of the board's recent verdict regarding work order applications that had been filed.
"It's the development of the wind farm itself," he said, regarding the URB's approval to proceed with construction of the turbines, substation and transmission lines.
NSP is in the process of constructing a $120-million, 45-megawatt wind farm on the top of Nutty Mountain.
The turbines are expected to churn out enough energy to power approximately 15,000 homes and are part of the province's goal to have 20 per cent of the province's electricity supplied by wind power by 2013.
"We're reviewing the details of the decision but we are very pleased that the board supports us moving ahead with Nuttby Mountain," Rhodenizer said. "This is a project that will assist us in making real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. It gets us closer to the targets that government has set."
Survey activity is underway, he said, as is design work for the roads and substation.
"We hope to start road construction either in the winter or the early spring."
Negotiation on the land leases are also almost complete, at which point tree clearing will begin. The substation work is also to begin in the spring while the turbine components are expected to begin arriving by about mid-summer. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2010 or early 2011 at which point the wind farm "...will be up and running ...," Rhodenizer said.



Organizations: URB, Nova Scotia Power Inc., Nova Scotia Utility Review Board

Geographic location: HALIFAX, Nutty Mountain

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