Take a look at Suncor's wind energy performance data

Take a look at Suncor's wind energy performance data

Take a look at Suncor's wind energy performance data

Take a look at Suncor's wind energy performance data

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Wind energy

Suncor is involved in six operating wind power facilities. Performance data presented here only reflects facilities operated by Suncor.

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Environment1

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Indicator Unit Footnote GRI
Disclosures
2012 2013 2014 2015
Production              
Net production MWh OG3 335,145  326,953 320,720 313,283

Footnote A:
Total net production refers to electrical production, in megawatt hours, from the following Suncor wind facilities:

• Partial year production until date of sale: Kent Breeze (total capacity of 20MW)
• Partial year production until date of sale: Wintering Hills (total capacity of 88MW) in partnership with Teck
• Full year production: Adelaide (commissioned in 2015 with a total capacity of 40 MW) 

Total net production from these facilities is not adjusted for ownership. Electrical production is not included in the Suncor corporate wide production metric at this time due to the definition of this metric.

Air emissions              
Greenhouse gas (GHG) thousands tonnes CO2e

G4-EN15

G4-EN16

0.10  0.16 0.48 0.39

Footnote B:
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are calculated using a facility-specific methodology which utilizes various reference methodologies that have been accepted by the relevant jurisdictions each facility is required to report its GHG emissions. Methodology has been followed where a jurisdiction has a prescribed one and if none exists, then the most applicable and accurate methods available are used to quantify each emission source. Beginning in 2014 until its sale in 2015, electricity use for the Wintering Hills facility has been accounted for. 2012 and 2013 emissions are slightly lower as only Kent Breeze electricity use was included.  No credit is taken for generated wind offsets.

Sulphur dioxide (SO2) tonnes   G4-EN21 0  0 0 0
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) tonnes   G4-EN21 0.07  0.11 0.12 0.09
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) tonnes   G4-EN21 0  0.01 0.01 0
Energy consumption              
Total energy use million GJ

G4-EN3

G4-EN4

-0.89  -1.17 -1.15  -1.12

Footnote C:
Total energy is the sum of direct and indirect energy.

Direct energy is primary energy consumed on-site by Suncor-operated facilities, which includes natural gas consumed in backup generators.

Indirect energy includes electricity consumed for field offices, which includes natural gas consumed in backup generators. Electricity that is sold to provincial grids is converted to an equivalent amount in GJs and deducted from the total indirect energy. This explains why Wind’s indirect energy is reported as a negative value since the wind operations export more electricity than they consume.

  • Direct energy use
million GJ G4-EN3 0  0 0 0

Footnote C:
Total energy is the sum of direct and indirect energy.

Direct energy is primary energy consumed on-site by Suncor-operated facilities, which includes natural gas consumed in backup generators.

Indirect energy includes electricity consumed for field offices, which includes natural gas consumed in backup generators. Electricity that is sold to provincial grids is converted to an equivalent amount in GJs and deducted from the total indirect energy. This explains why Wind’s indirect energy is reported as a negative value since the wind operations export more electricity than they consume.

  • Indirect energy use
million GJ G4-EN4 -0.89  -1.18 -1.15 -1.12

Footnote C:
Total energy is the sum of direct and indirect energy.

Direct energy is primary energy consumed on-site by Suncor-operated facilities, which includes natural gas consumed in backup generators.

Indirect energy includes electricity consumed for field offices, which includes natural gas consumed in backup generators. Electricity that is sold to provincial grids is converted to an equivalent amount in GJs and deducted from the total indirect energy. This explains why Wind’s indirect energy is reported as a negative value since the wind operations export more electricity than they consume.

Water use              
Total water withdrawal m3 G4-EN8 78 128  260 170

Footnote D:
Water withdrawal for our operated wind facilities is comprised of water purchases from municipality for domestic purposes, and is subject to variability.

Waste management              
Non-hazardous waste generated tonnes G4-EN23 <1  <1 0 0

Footnote E:
Non-hazardous waste for our operated wind facilities is primarily composed of domestic landfill waste.

Compliance              
Regulatory contraventions   G4-EN29 0 0  0 0
Regulatory fines $ thousands   G4-EN29 0 0  0 0
Reportable spills #   G4-EN24 0  0 0
Total volume of spills m3   G4-EN24 0  0 0
EH&S management              
EH&S professionals on staff   G4-EN31 0  0 0
Environmental capital expenditures $ millions   G4-EN31 0  0 0
Wind environment footnotes
1

For the purposes of this report, only environmental performance data from Suncor operated facilities has been included. In 2014, this was Kent Breeze and Wintering Hills for full year operation. 2015 data includes Adelaide and partial year for Kent Breeze and Wintering Hills, up to their date of sale (see 2015 GHG Performance for more information)

A

Total net production refers to electrical production, in megawatt hours, from the following Suncor wind facilities:

• Partial year production until date of sale: Kent Breeze (total capacity of 20MW)
• Partial year production until date of sale: Wintering Hills (total capacity of 88MW) in partnership with Teck
• Full year production: Adelaide (commissioned in 2015 with a total capacity of 40 MW) 

Total net production from these facilities is not adjusted for ownership. Electrical production is not included in the Suncor corporate wide production metric at this time due to the definition of this metric.

B

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are calculated using a facility-specific methodology which utilizes various reference methodologies that have been accepted by the relevant jurisdictions each facility is required to report its GHG emissions. Methodology has been followed where a jurisdiction has a prescribed one and if none exists, then the most applicable and accurate methods available are used to quantify each emission source. Beginning in 2014 until its sale in 2015, electricity use for the Wintering Hills facility has been accounted for. 2012 and 2013 emissions are slightly lower as only Kent Breeze electricity use was included.  No credit is taken for generated wind offsets.

C

Total energy is the sum of direct and indirect energy.

Direct energy is primary energy consumed on-site by Suncor-operated facilities, which includes natural gas consumed in backup generators.

Indirect energy includes electricity consumed for field offices, which includes natural gas consumed in backup generators. Electricity that is sold to provincial grids is converted to an equivalent amount in GJs and deducted from the total indirect energy. This explains why Wind’s indirect energy is reported as a negative value since the wind operations export more electricity than they consume.

D

Water withdrawal for our operated wind facilities is comprised of water purchases from municipality for domestic purposes, and is subject to variability.

E

Non-hazardous waste for our operated wind facilities is primarily composed of domestic landfill waste.