TransCanada’s award-winning 132 MW Kibby Wind Power facility located in northern Franklin County near Stratton, Maine, has never provided more energy annually into the New England bulk electric system market (ISONE) than it did in 2014 — and that trend has continued into the New Year.
With generation of over 2.3 million megawatt hours (MWHs) since 2009, Kibby reached an annual production milestone of 314,000 MWHs last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2013 by nine per cent.
That means TransCanada’s facility provided roughly 26,800 New England homes with wind-power driven electricity last year — up from the annual electrical consumption of 24,000 homes per year since it first started commercial operations in 2009.
The positive trend continued into January of this year, with a new monthly record for production of over 41,000 MWH – the highest production month ever.
“You can chalk this up to the persistence of TransCanada employees who have focused relentlessly on taking advantage of the winds typically at their peak in the cold winter months,” explained Donald Devanney, Renewable Energy Manager for U.S. Power.
“Our folks have carefully planned these maintenance cycles primarily between April and November with strict attention to detail and process – ensuring all of our 42 Wind Turbine Generators (WTG’s) are available to us during the peaks months of December through March.”
Devanney sees opportunities for even more production improvements. “We all need to remember that wind technology is still fairly new – it only started to become widespread commercially in the last 15 years,” Devanney said.
“Research and development continues into ways to increase wind power generating capacity, and TransCanada may be in a position to utilize some of those enhancements in the future.”
Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award
TransCanada’s commitment to environmental stewardship through Kibby was recognized with the Environmental Business Council of New England in 2011. The company received an Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award at that time.
During the planning, design and construction of Kibby, TransCanada also became the first company to be certified under the U.S.-based Sustainable Forestry Initiative, an independent non-profit organization, for its effort in protecting habitat and wildlife.
Representing the largest wind power facility in New England, 22 of Kibby’s 44 WTG’s are located on a ridgeline south of Kibby Mountain, while the other half are installed Kibby Range. Above-ground collector transmission lines connect the power to the grid.
To date, the company has invested over $5 billion in emission-less energy sources, which also includes 13 hydro power facilities in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont, eight solar facilities in Ontario, and Canada’s largest wind farm development located in Quebec.
TransCanada is also a partner in Bruce Power, Canada’s first private nuclear generator that currently produces 6,200 MW of emission-less electricity in Ontario.
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