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AGL to drive South Australian wind farm

AGL has committed to purchasing the entire electricity output of the Canunda Wind Farm, to be established in South Australia later this year by developers International Power (Australia), which will be established at Lake Bonney, near Millicent in SA.

AGL to drive South Australian wind farm

Canunda is the second purchasing agreement AGL has established with a wind farm in SA, following an earlier agreement with Starfish Hill, which started producing wind-powered electricity late last year.

The Canunda wind farm, comprising of 23 turbines, is expected to be commercially operational by first quarter 2005. AGL will purchase 135,000 megawatt hours per year of wind generated energy from Canunda. Enough energy to power around 30,000 homes.

AGL managing director Greg Martin said the purchase agreement with Canunda was an important part of the company's commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.

"AGL takes its responsibility to the environment very seriously. Our company is involved in a range of renewable energy initiatives across Australia, designed to reduce greenhouse gases and make a positive contribution to where we live," Mr Martin said.

"AGL is committed to measuring and reducing greenhouse gases through its business activities and providing customers with product choices, which help them make a contribution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated by our modern lifestyles."

The company's wider national environmental program involves the purchase of electricity from a number of renewable energy sources including wind and power generation.

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