The Alberta Utilities Commission on Feb. 21 granted a schedule variance to Heritage Wind Farm Development Inc. related to a 291-MW wind project.
Heritage already has a 2011 approval to construct and operate a 291-MW power plant designated as the Heritage wind farm power plant. The construction completion date for the power plant was stipulated to be on or before May 30, 2014. Heritage, though, recently requested a time extension from the original May 30, 2014, to the fourth quarter of 2017.
Heritage said that due to lack of a suitable remedial action scheme and transmission facilities in southern Alberta, the power plant would not be complete before May 30, 2014. Heritage said it anticipated that the Goose Lake/Castle Rock Ridge to Chapel Rock 240/500-kV transmission line, which is required for the full production of the power plant, would not be fully operational until the fourth quarter of 2017.
The power plant, located in the Pincher Creek area of this Canadian province, would consist of 97 wind turbines, each rated at 3 MW, with a total generating capacity of 291 MW.