300-MW Alberta wind project goes through commissioning

The 300-MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, located in Vulcan County, Alberta, was commissioned on May 14.

This is the largest wind project in Western Canada. EDF EN Canada and Enbridge will each own 50% of the project, which is comprised of 166 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines.

“The Canadian renewable energy market is a strong focus for EDF EN, which has had a significant presence in Ontario and Quebec since 2007,” said an EDF fact sheet about the project. “The Blackspring Ridge project presents a unique opportunity to establish EDF EN Canada in Western Canada and specifically in Alberta – a province with a promising electricity market. Securing this project builds upon the company’s relationship with Vestas and Enbridge and adds to EDF EN Canada’s existing portfolio of over 1,000 MW of renewable energy projects in Canada.”

Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) generated from the project are contracted to Pacific Gas and Electric under a 20-year purchase agreement. The electricity will be sold into the Alberta power pool with pricing substantially fixed through mid- and long-term contracts. 

This project will help Enbridge meet its Neutral Footprint commitment to generate a kilowatt of renewable energy for every kilowatt of conventional electricity that the company’s operations consume. Enbridge operates a major crude oil and liquids transportation system. It has a growing presence in the natural gas transmission and midstream businesses, and an increasing involvement in power generation and transmission.

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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.