Alberta commission approves 115-MW BluEarth wind project

With some conditions attached, the Alberta Utilities Commission on Feb. 20 approved a 2012 application by 1646658 Alberta Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc., to construct and operate the 115-MW Bull Creek Wind Project.

The project would be located in an area north of the town of Provost.

The project would consist of the following components:

  • Forty-six 2.5-MW wind turbines with a total capacity of 115 MW located within ranges 1 and 2, Township 41, west of the Fourth Meridian.
  • A 34.5-kV collector system consisting of underground and overhead power lines located within ranges 1 and 2, Township 41, west of the Fourth Meridian.
  • The Bull Creek 280S substation for future connection to the Alberta Interconnected Electrical System, located in the southeast quarter of Section 17, Range 1, Township 41, west of the Fourth Meridian.

The commission found that the approval of the project is in the public interest having regard to the social and economic effects of the project, and its effects on the environment. The commission’s approval of the project is subject to various conditions, including:

  • Within three months subsequent to approval, the applicant must re-measure sound power levels od existing facilities in the project area The applicant must then provide the commission with the updated field noise measurement data including the calculated sound power levels produced by these facilities.
  • The applicant must ensure that all noise mitigation measures proposed in the application are implemented, if necessary, to ensure compliance with the permissible sound level at all receptor locations in the study area.
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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.