Alberta seeks comment on 120-MW E.ON wind project

The Alberta Utilities Commission said in an Aug. 11 notice that it will be taking written comment until Sept. 19 on an application by E.ON Climate & Renewables Canada Ltd. on a 120-MW wind project.

E.ON Climate & Renewables Canada, under the Hydro and Electric Energy Act, has applied to construct and operate the Grizzly Bear Creek Wind Power Project, consisting of a 120-MW wind farm, a 34.5-kV collector system and the Grizzly Bear 708S substation in the Vermilion area.

The power plant would consist of fifty 2.4-MW wind turbines. The turbines are the Nordex N117/2400 IEC III model.

The targeted commercial operation date for this project is Dec. 31, 2016. “Approval for the proposed Project is required by April 2015, for a commercial operation date of December 2016,” the July 9 application said. “Generally, long lead times for equipment procurement are required for scheduling construction in the summer of 2016. If the approval date cannot be met, construction would be pushed into the winter months to meet the Project In-Service-Date and possibly be delayed until the next spring (2017) construction season. This would result in increased construction costs and lost wind energy production revenues.”

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