Citizens Wind develops wind energy projects throughout the United States and Canada which are: socially responsible, environmentally sensitive, and respectful of local communities.
Citizens Wind, established in 2003, develops a portfolio of wind energy projects throughout the United States and Canada. Our development activities are conducted in a socially responsible manner, with particular focus on environmental sensitivity and respect for the local communities where we operate.
Citizens Wind has successfully developed wind projects totaling 233 megawatts, and is currently developing an additional 1,000 megawatts of wind.
Our first project, a 34.5 MW facility in Munnsville, NY, was constructed and began commercial operation in October 2007. An additional 198 MW project that we developed, on Wolfe Island, Ontario, began construction in July 2008 and entered commercial operation in July 2009. In both cases, the successful development work of Citizens Wind continuously generates income for landowners, project owners, and power offtakers.
Citizens Wind develops wind energy projects throughout the United States and Canada.
Citizens Wind manages all aspects of the wind development process, including:
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Citizens Wind is a leading developer of projects in partnership with Native American Tribes and First Nations. Our projects in New England, the Midwest, and Quebec have the potential to generate more than 1,000 MW in the next three years, and several projects have the potential for expansion to more than two Gigawatts each.
Citizens Wind has a team of experienced wind power development professionals and an established network of top-tier wind industry consultants, equipment suppliers, and service providers. Through our established networks and partnerships, we provide access to critical equipment—such as wind turbines—as well as required investment capital. In all aspects of the development cycle, Citizens Wind has the expertise and experience necessary for successful development.
Citizens Wind has a team of experienced wind power development professionals and an established network of top-tier wind industry consultants, equipment suppliers, and service providers.
Munnsville, New York
The Munnsville Project, a joint venture between Citizens Energy and Airtricity, a wind development company based in Ireland, is a 34.5 MW wind power facility located in Madison County, New York. Working with local landowners and environmental consultants, Citizens Wind and Airtricity received a permit for the project in less than one year. The project received its environmental permit in June 2005 and began commercial operation in the fall of 2007.
Wolfe Island, Ontario
The Wolfe Island Wind Project, a 198 MW project located at the eastern end of Lake Erie in Ontario, Canada, marked Citizens Energy’s entry into the Canadian market. Working with Canadian partners, Citizens Wind completed development of the project in 2008 and it began commercial operation in 2009.
Citizens Wind and the Sioux are working together to develop utility-scale wind projects on tribal lands in South Dakota. We are developing projects on two Sioux reservations -- Rosebud and Cheyenne River. In each location, the tribe is a partner in the venture and is involved in all of the project's decisions. Tribal wind development is a unique opportunity for the Sioux to achieve sustainable economic development, realize energy independence, and empower themselves to chart their own future. Citizens is looking forward to helping its Sioux partners to take advantage of their plentiful wind resources.
Cree Nation of Mistissini
Citizens Wind is working with the Cree Nation of Mistissini and Competitive Power Ventures to develop wind power projects on Mistissini lands. Mistissini lands cover millions of acres in northern Quebec, and our partnership has identified a number of prime opportunities. As part of Citizens Wind’s commitment to working with the community during the development process, we have hired 15 Mistissini workers. Our first project will be a large scale wind farm within the traditional trapping lands of the Mistissini Cree.
Isla de Margarita, Venezuela
Citizens Wind has partnered with Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., to begin developing a 30 MW solar project on an island off the coast of Venezuela. Today, most of Isla de Margarita’s power is generated by burning diesel fuel that is shipped to the island. This wind project would dramatically reduce Margarita’s oil consumption, lower energy costs, and improve air quality. Citizens is looking forward to bringing this project to fruition.
Penobscot Indian Nation, Maine
Citizens Wind has formed a partnership with the Penobscot Indian Nation to study the feasibility of building utility-scale wind projects on tribal trust land in western Maine. These projects would help the Penobscot Tribe develop economically while also helping the State of Maine fulfill its ambitious renewable energy goals. Citizens is working closely with the tribe and local communities to ensure that wind development respects tribal culture and history, has minimal environmental impact, and maximizes local economic benefits.
Braden Houston, Director of Project Development
Braden Houston is responsible for all of Citizens Wind’s development activities. He is leading the development of Citizens Wind projects in both the US and Canada, as well as a feasibility review for a project in Venezuela. Mr. Houston has extensive experience with all aspects of the development cycle, including land acquisition, permitting, interconnection proceedings, power sales and construction. Prior to joining Citizens, Mr. Houston had spent over six years working in the renewable energy industry, including three years working with General Electric’s wind energy division. Mr. Houston received an undergraduate degree from Bucknell University, a Masters degree from Colgate University and a MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Braden Houston at email@example.com