Alberta commission takes comment on wind interconnect project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on June 18 put out for comment an application from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) for the interconnection of the 1712610 Alberta Ltd. Hand Hills Wind Power Plant in the Hanna area.

The commission is taking comment on the applications until July 15.

The AESO applied with the AUC on March 8, requesting approval for the interconnection of the 1712610 Alberta Ltd. Hand Hills Wind Power Plant. ATCO Electric Ltd. filed an application with the AUC on April 16, requesting approval for the construction of about 17 kilometers of new 240-kV transmission line, to be designated as 9L94, between Coyote Lake 963S substation and the approved Highland 572S substation. ATCO applied with one preferred route option for the proposed transmission line.

The commission has combined the applications and will consider them jointly. The AUC has deemed that the applications are complete and will review submissions received.

“This Application describes the need for transmission development arising from a request from 1712610 Alberta Ltd., a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc., (the ‘market participant’) for transmission system access service for its proposed 80 MW Hand Hills Wind Power wind aggregated generating facility, located in the Hanna area (Facility),” said the March 8 application. “Connection of the Facility to the transmission system will require modifying the previously approved Coyote Lake 963S substation1 and a new 240 kV single-circuit transmission line between the market participant’s proposed Highland 572S collector substation and the Coyote Lake 963S substation. The expected in-service date for the new connection is Q3, 2014.

The AESO has determined that the proposed transmission development provides a reasonable opportunity for the market participant to exchange electricity and is consistent with the AESO’s long-term transmission forecasts and plans for the area.

The proposed wind project consists of 34 wind-turbines with a rating of 2.3-MW each. The forecast in-service date for this wind project is the third quarter of 2014.

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