Developer requests new deadline for 63-MW Alberta wind project

Windy Point Wind Park Ltd. asked the Alberta Utilities Commission on Oct. 23 if it could push back the construction completion deadline for its 63-MW wind project.

In July 2012, the AUC granted Windy Point approval to construct and operate the 63-MW Windy Point Wind Park project, located about 15 kilometers northeast of Pincher Creek. In August 2013, the AUC granted Windy Point approval for a time extension until Aug. 31, 2015 in order to complete construction of the power plant. Windy Point is now requesting an extension of this construction completion date to Aug. 31, 2016.

“Windy Point Wind Park Ltd. faced delayed confirmation that the reinforcement of the transmission line from Windy Flats to Calgary would be completed by September 2015,” the company said. “As a result, Windy Point was not certain if the Project would be curtailed with delays to the transmission line ISD. The reinforcement completion date has now been confirmed by AltaLink. Additionally, in light of delays to possible changes in carbon offset pricing, Windy Point Wind Park Ltd. requires additional time to secure financing for the Project. Consequently, Windy Point is requesting an extension of the construction completion date to August 31, 2016.”

If the time extension is approved, the Windy Point schedule will change as follows:

  • Construction Start: June 2015
  • Commercial Operation: Q2 2016

The developer contacts are: Inês Ribeiro, Mainstream Renewable Power Ltd., 403-919-9526; Marc Stachiw, Alberta Wind Energy Corp., 403-266-5635.

Windy Point on Oct. 22 applied with the commission for approval of a companion substation for the wind project. The Boulder Run 501S substation will be located immediately to the west of the Windy Point 112S substation.

The application said: “The Boulder Run 501S substation is on land that intersects with that of the Oldman 2 Wind Farm (in the ‘Crossing Area’). As a result, Windy Point Wind Park Ltd. and Oldman 2 Wind Farm Ltd. are in the process of finalizing a Facility Crossing Agreement that will allow the parties to define their respective rights and liabilities with respect to the Crossing Area. Through this agreement, Oldman 2 Wind Farm Ltd. will give access to Windy Point Wind Park Ltd. to access the Windy Point 112S substation in order to install, modify, construct, and energize any common equipment.”

The 2011 noise study for this project covered:

  • the Windy Point Wind Park alone;
  • the Windy Point Wind Park plus existing operating wind farms Oldman River 1 and Summerview 1 and 2;
  • Windy Point Wind Park plus existing operating wind farms plus the proposed Oldman 2 Wind Farm; and
  • Windy Point Wind Park plus existing operating wind farms plus the proposed Oldman 2, Heritage and Welsch wind farms.

The company noted that Oldman 2 has been built since that 2011 study was completed.

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