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Electric cable project completion powers Prince Edward Island communities

Staff Writer |
Investing in clean, reliable and affordable electricity promotes a high quality of life, supports economic prosperity and helps grow the middle class.

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Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island, and Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Member of Parliament for Cardigan, celebrated the completion of the Northumberland Strait Submarine Transmission System project.

The new submarine transmission system—a $142.5-million investment cost-shared by the governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island—increases the province's total electric power capacity to 560 megawatts.

It will also contribute to ongoing efforts to reduce the use of fossil fuels by building a cleaner electricity supply that contributes to sustainable economic development.

The project comprises two 180-megawatt underwater cables connecting Prince Edward Island to mainland New Brunswick.

Replacing decades-old cables that had a total capacity of 200 megawatts of energy, the cables were officially "plugged in" during today's energization ceremony.

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