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EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and Enbridge Inc. have signed a purchase agreement with Greengate Power Corp. to acquire the 300 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project in Vulcan County, Alberta.

Renewable energy credits (RECs) generated from the project are contracted to Pacific Gas and Electric Co. under a 20-year purchase agreement. The electricity will be sold into the Alberta power grid, with pricing substantially fixed through mid- and long-term contracts.

The project will consist of 166 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines. EDF EN Canada will build the project under a fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction contract, with construction expected to begin in the second quarter of 2013 and commissioning in mid-summer 2014.

"The Canadian renewable energy market is a strong focus for EDF EN, having a significant presence in Ontario and Quebec since 2007. The Blackspring Ridge project presents a unique opportunity to establish EDF EN Canada in western Canada and specifically in Alberta - a province with a promising electricity market," says Cory Basil, vice president, development at EDF EN Canada.

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