Alberta agency reviews application for 115-MW wind project

The Alberta Utilities Commission has scheduled public meeting for five days beginning Oct. 28 in Provost, and a hearing for Nov. 18 in Calgary, on a June 2012 application for a 115-MW wind project.

In the Nov. 19-22 period, there will be final and reply arguments filed in this case.

1646658 Alberta Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables, has applied to construct and operate:

  • the Bull Creek wind project, a 115-MW facility consisting of forty six 2.5-MW wind turbines, a collector system, and the ancillary facilities necessary for operation; and
  • the associated Bull Creek 280S substation to house step-up transformation from 34.5 kV to 144 kV, and its related ancillary facilities.

The Bull Creek project is to be located in east-central Alberta, north of the community of Provost and over a contiguous area of approximately 3,560 hectares.

The project was first advanced by Windlab Developments Canada. In 2008, Windlab began analyzing the wind resource, conducting environmental studies and commenced initial consultation steps to assess landowner interest. Further public consultation progressed in 2010. BluEarth purchased the project in late 2011.

The power generated from the project will be sold to the Alberta School Boards and used to power many of Alberta’s schools and educational facilities through a long-term power purchase agreement, the application said.

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