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Grand Bahama Power Company partners with Emera to study wind energy possibilities

The Grand Bahama Power Company along with ICDU shareholders Emera Inc. outlined plans for their wind study program which is due to begin in 2 weeks. This study will give the companies vital information on the possibility of using wind power as a means of generating some of the island’s power needs.

“Teams are now on the ground from Emera to install the wind towers and we are completing land and permit permissions to erect the necessary equipment,” said Carlton Bosfield, Special Project Manager for the Wind study. “We are very excited about the possibilities of providing power with no ties to fuel market prices.”

The use of wind energy is becoming widely used across the world, especially in Europe and increasingly in the United States. With the ever increasing need for power and the instability of the fuel market, Grand Bahama Power Company along with Emera are in search of alternative power sources that can help stabilize energy costs for Bahamians. Emera’s knowledge in wind power generation has been a significant help to this study and the hopeful implementation of fixed price, green power generation.

The press conference in Grand Bahama was held at Dover Sound, where one of the two wind study towers are being erected, the tower will be 60 meters or 200 ft high. Plans are underway to put up another tower in McLean’s Town and then utilize the Container Port tower and the two Grand Bahama Power Company communication towers at High Rock and Holmes Rock for further research. The study will gain information about wind direction, wind strength and temperature analysis. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media)“We’ve been very impressed by the level of support, cooperation and collaboration between the Grand Bahama Power Company, the Port Authority, DevCo, Government Administration, the Freeport Harbour Company and others in efforts to begin the data collection of wind statistics on Grand Bahama,” noted Ray Robinson, P. Eng. VP, Integrated Operations Emera, Inc. “It is important to understand how to develop and apply renewable resources. Renewable technologies do not work equally well everywhere. So the first step in Grand Bahama is to measure the wind to understand whether there is enough wind on the island that will support the development of wind generation which ultimately will benefit the customers of Grand Bahama.”

Plans are underway to put up wind study towers in McLean’s Town and Dover Sound, and then utilise the Container Port towers and the two Grand Bahama Power Company communication towers at High Rock and Holmes Rock. Five sets of instruments will be erected or added to permanent structures – the towers that will be erected will be 60 meters or 200 ft high – allowing for wind direction, wind strength and temperature analysis. Once the towers are erected data will be collected for at least 12-18 months.

Executives of the Grand Bahama Power Company, participating companies and the media attend a press conference about the wind study project planned for Grand Bahama. Pictured at the event were (left to right) Director of Grand Bahama Power Company, Sir Albert Miller, ICDU Secretary, Brentford Christie, Dillion Knowles, Vice President of Development for GB Devco, Tony Lopez, Vice President of Finance for Grand Bahama Power Company. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media)“Grand Bahama Power Company is excited about the possible use of wind as an energy source,” said EO Ferrell, Grand Bahama Power Company CEO. “It is a clean, renewable fuel source that could supplement fuel generation. In this vain we will also continue to look for alternative energy sources.”

A few facts:

• The equipment will be in place by mid-May, at which point analysts will be able to begin logging important wind data from all sites.

• Measuring and collecting wind data will occur over a period of 12-18 months, capturing wind speeds in metres/second.

• Data collected from these sites will indicate if there is an economic case to make wind generation happen on the island. After the wind data is collected and analyzed, more detailed plans would need to be prepared, and specific sites selected, for wind development projects.

• Most jurisdictions are trying to lessen their reliance on fossil fuels. Wind can quickly become an economic alternative to fossil fuels; wind energy could lower electricity prices, which is good for GBPC customers.

• This project is a great step towards a more stable, self-reliant utility. Bahamians want to be less reliant on fossil fuels, diversify our generation and invest in renewable energy.

Just a day after Earth Day, one of Grand Bahama's newest investors, Emera Inc., spoke about their work with the Grand Bahama Power company. “Most jurisdictions are trying to lessen their reliance on fossil fuels, and Grand Bahama Island is no different. Wind can be an economic alternative to fossil fuels. Wind energy could lower electricity prices, which is good for GBPC customers. Emera is excited to be here in Grand Bahama, and pleased to be working in support of our partner,The Grand Bahama Power Company,Photo 1: Grand Bahama Power Company CEO, EO Ferrell, welcomes the media and guests to press conference about their wind study along with the company’s ICDU partners Emera Inc. With the ever increasing need for power and the instability of the fuel market, Grand Bahama Power Company along with Emera are in search of alternative power sources that can help stabilize energy costs for Bahamians. The study is expected to last 12- 18 months. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media)

Photo 2: The press conference in Grand Bahama was held at Dover Sound, where one of the two wind study towers are being erected, the tower will be 60 meters or 200 ft high. Plans are underway to put up another tower in McLean’s Town and then utilize the Container Port tower and the two Grand Bahama Power Company communication towers at High Rock and Holmes Rock for further research. The study will gain information about wind direction, wind strength and temperature analysis. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media)

Photo 3: Executives of the Grand Bahama Power Company, participating companies and the media attend a press conference about the wind study project planned for Grand Bahama. Pictured at the event were (left to right) Director of Grand Bahama Power Company, Sir Albert Miller, ICDU Secretary, Brentford Christie, Dillion Knowles, Vice President of Development for GB Devco, Tony Lopez, Vice President of Finance for Grand Bahama Power Company. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media)

With the erection of the wind study towers going on behind them, Emera and Grand Bahama Power Company Executives answer questions from the media at a Dover Sound press conference. Pictured (left to right) are Ray Robinson, P. Eng. VP, Integrated Operations Emera, Inc., Carlton Bosfield, Director of Environment, Safety & Security and GBPC Special Project Manager for the Wind Study and CEO, EO Ferrell, Grand Bahama Power Company. All representatives were hopeful that the analysis will allow them to utilize the Photo 4: Just a day after Earth Day, one of Grand Bahama’s newest investors, Emera Inc., spoke about their work with the Grand Bahama Power company. “Most jurisdictions are trying to lessen their reliance on fossil fuels, and Grand Bahama Island is no different. Wind can be an economic alternative to fossil fuels. Wind energy could lower electricity prices, which is good for GBPC customers. Emera is excited to be here in Grand Bahama, and pleased to be working in support of our partner,The Grand Bahama Power Company,” said Ray Robinson, P. Eng. VP, Integrated Operations Emera, Inc. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media)

Photo 5: With the erection of the wind study towers going on behind them, Emera and Grand Bahama Power Company Executives answer questions from the media at a Dover Sound press conference. Pictured (left to right) are Ray Robinson, P. Eng. VP, Integrated Operations Emera, Inc., Carlton Bosfield, Director of Environment, Safety & Security and GBPC Special Project Manager for the Wind Study and CEO, EO Ferrell, Grand Bahama Power Company. All representatives were hopeful that the analysis will allow them to utilize the “green” energy of wind power generation. (Photo: Erik J. Russell / Keen i Media)

Grand Bahama Power Company Ltd. is a totally integrated utility company serving the island’s 50,000 residents and commercial establishments from east to west. The company employs over 180 Bahamians and has one of the lowest electricity rates in the Caribbean. For more information about Grand Bahama Power Company please visit: www.gb-power.com

Emera Inc. (EMA-TSX) is an energy and services company with $5.3 billion in assets. Electricity is Emera’s core business. The company has two wholly-owned regulated electric utility subsidiaries, Nova Scotia Power Inc. and Bangor Hydro-Electric Company, which together serve 600,000 customers. Emera also owns 19% of St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited, which serves more than 50,000 customers on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia and 25% of Grand Bahama Power Company which serves 19,000 customers on the Caribbean island of Grand Bahama. In addition to its electric utility investments, Emera owns the Brunswick Pipeline, a 145 kilometre gas pipeline in New Brunswick; has a joint venture interest in Bear Swamp, a 600 megawatt pumped storage hydro-electric facility in northern Massachusetts; a 12.9% interest in the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline; a 7.4% interest in Open Hydro and Emera Energy Services which manages energy assets on behalf of third parties. Visit Emera on the web at www.emera.com.



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