Suncor Energy Receives Approval to Develop Wintering Hills Wind Power Project

Suncor EnergySuncor Energy Products Inc. today announced it has received regulatory approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission(AUC) to proceed with the development of its Wintering Hills Wind Energy Project.

The proposed 88 megawatt (MW) wind farm project, located approximately 125 kilometres (km) northeast of Calgary and 21 km southeast of Drumheller, Alberta, will consist of up to 55 1.6 MW wind turbines located on approximately 16,000 acres of privately-owned land.

"Today’s announcement is a significant milestone that brings us one step closer towards the development of Suncor’s largest operated wind project to date," said Jay Thornton, executive vice president, Energy Supply, Trading & Development. "The Wintering Hills project not only complements Suncor’s commitment to sustainable energy development, but also represents a key asset in the company’s growing renewables portfolio."

At peak operation, the Wintering Hills project is expected to generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 35,000 Alberta homes, displacing the equivalent of approximately 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Suncor Energy is a Canadian pioneer in wind power with joint ownership of four wind farms in operation and other projects in the planning stages. The existing four farms have a combined generating capacity of 147 MW and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 284,000 tonnes each year.

Suncor Energy Products Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Suncor Energy Inc. Suncor Energy Inc. is Canada’s premier integrated energy company.