Enel wins delay on construction of part of Alberta wind project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on April 1 signed off on a plan by Enel Alberta Wind Inc. to delay construction on part of the 108.6-MW Castle Rock Ridge wind plant located in the Pincher Creek area.

Enel requested a time extension, from March 31, 2014, to March 31, 2017, to complete the construction of the phase 2 wind turbine generators at the Castle Rock Ridge facility. Enel said that delays in the development of the Southern Alberta Transmission Reinforcement, particularly the Goose Lake to Fidler to Chapel Rock transmission upgrade, had impacted its development timeline for the 14 wind turbine generators in phase 2. Enel explained that the need application for the transmission line from Goose Lake 103S substation to Chapel Rock 491S substation via Castle Rock Ridge 205S substation was just recently approved by the commission.

Depending on the detailed routing for a transmission line, Enel stated that it would have to eliminate a number of wind turbine generators in order to accommodate the necessary right-of-way and safety setback requirements. Enel concluded that a three-year time extension to complete the power plant would allow it to work with the transmission facility owner in developing a suitable path for the transmission line leaving the Castle Rock Ridge 205S substation, and to plan and procure the appropriate number of wind turbine generators.

The plant is approved for 47 wind turbines each rated at 2.31 MW, with a total generating capability up to 108.6 MW. It is being constructed in two phases, consisting of 33 and 14 wind turbines.

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