TransAlta asks for more time on 100-MW hydro project

TransAlta Corp., on behalf of Glacier Power Ltd., filed a May 22 request with the Alberta Utilities Commission for an extension of time to build a 100-MW hydroelectric project on the Peace River at Dunvegan, Alberta.

The company had gotten previous approvals for this project from the commission which set a May 30, 2014, deadline for project completion. But the company told the commission that market conditions aren’t right for this project and won’t be until after 2020, when unspecified coal-fired capacity in the region is retired. So it asked for a deadline extension to May 30, 2023.

A March 2009 project approval said it would consist of 40 turbine units, with a total generating capacity of 100 MW.

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