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New wind turbine project near Sussex

By Brad Perry Jan 18, 2024 | 1:56 PM

Eight First Nation communities are partnering with NB Power and Natural Forces on a wind project near Sussex.

The Neweg Energy Project is the first initiative under the Renewables Expressions of Interest issued by the utility in 2023.

“For the Mi’gmaq, as stewards of our land, sustainable energy is a means of protecting the environment for the next seven generations,” said Chief Rebecca Knockwood.

“Historically, the Mi’gmaq have not been involved in any major resource energy projects within our territory in this province. This project is a welcome change and signals a new path forward.”

The Neweg project will include six turbines that are expected to generate enough energy to power about 8,000 homes annually.

NB Power said the partnership will save more than $13 million in energy costs over the next 30 years.

“The partnership with the Mi’gmaq communities in the Neweg Energy Project is not only a step towards sustainable energy but also a demonstration of the importance of First Nations participation in shaping our collective future,” said Lori Clark, president and CEO of NB Power.

“The selection of the Neweg Energy Project is also testament to our continuous commitment to leading New Brunswick towards a low-carbon economy and achieving our environmental targets.”

The project will be located near the existing five-turbine Wocawson wind project, which has been in operation since December 2020.

Officials said the Neweg Energy Project is expected to be online by the end of 2025.