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February 23, 2015
Mayor and Members of Council c/o Fran Urbshott, Administrator / Clerk 2340 Egremont Drive, RR#5 STRATHROY, ON N7G 3H6 Dear Mayor and Members of Council Congratulations on your 2015 election (or re-election) to the council for the Township of AdelaideMetcalfe. Your successful election campaigns are to be commended.
We want to take this opportunity to introduce you to NextEra Canada Development and Acquisitions, Inc, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC and provide you with information, more generally, about our wind energy projects. We are currently exploring development of a wind energy project in your municipality called the Hardy Creek Wind Energy Centre.
Wind energy is one of the fastest growing forms of energy generation on the planet with approximately 4% of installed electricity generation capacity by the end of 2014 and it is growing rapidly. Here in Canada, we are setting records for new installations every year, and now also provide nearly 4% of our electricity generation capacity from wind energy. Ontario is leading the way with currently 7% of its capacity corning from wind energy. This has not only provided the Province with clean, renewable source of energy for decades to come, but has allowed us to eliminate coal as a form of energy generation, a form with serious health and environmental concerns. It is estimated that the elimination of coal generation in Ontario will save approximately $3 billion a year in healthcare costs. Equally as important, it has resulted in billions of dollars in investment, manufacturing and construction jobs, and significant economic contributions to local landowners, First Nations, and municipalities.
We will provide additional details about the project we are developing as they become available. The work we arc doing is in preparation for the Independent Electricity System Operators (IESO) Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) program. This program was initiated by the Province of Ontario to secure 300 megawatts of wind energy in order to help meet future demands for electricity within the Province. Proposals for projects must be submitted for their consideration later this year. As such, we have a lot of work ahead of us and look forward to sharing specifics with you as we move forward.
NextEra Energy Resources is the North American leader in energy production from the wind and the sun. The Company derives approximately 95 percent of its electricity from clean and/or renewable fuels such as the wind, sun, natural gas, and nuclear in operations across 26 U.S. States and 4 Canadian Provinces.
In Ontario, the Company has seven wind facilities and two solar facilities in operation, with one additional wind project slated to be operational later in 2015. Over the last several years, we have invested approximately $2 billion in renewable energy facilities in the Province.
We recognize that your community will likely have questions about the proposed project in your municipality. As a company, it is critically important to us to work closely with residents, public officials, and interested stakeholders in the areas in which we are planning or have operating wind facilities. It is our goal to provide you with the most accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information available to allow you to make informed decisions for your community.
We have discussed a path forward for sharing information with your staff and will be appearing as a delegation before Council in the near future. Our goal is to serve as a resource for you on all matters relating to wind energy and our projects now and in the future. We will be corresponding with your office to confirm our delegation.
Please do not hesitate to contact my colleague Derek Dudek at the contact information below or by email at Licrck,citiclek@nex tmcnetgy.com if you have any questions or concerns.
Ben Greenhouse Director, Development NextEra Canada Development & Acquisitions, Inc.