BluEarth slashes size of Bull Creek Wind project in Alberta

1646658 Alberta Ltd., a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc., applied Nov. 17 at the Alberta Utility Commission for approval of proposed design changes to the Bull Creek Wind project located in east-central Alberta, north of the community of Provost.

 The changes include a reduction in project capacity from 115 MW to 29.2 MW, a reduction in number of wind turbines from 46 to 17, a change in generation technology from General Electric 2.5-103 to GE 1.7-103 wind turbines, a reduction in project area from approximately 3,560 hectares to 1,640 hectares, and a change from a transmission to a distribution interconnection.

On Feb. 20, 1646658 Alberta Ltd. was issued by the commission an approval for a 46-turbine, 115 MW wind power plant and a permit and license to construct and operate the associated Bull Creek 280S Substation near Provost, Alberta.

“The Bull Creek Wind Project (the ‘Project’) design changes are the result of reducing the overall size of the power plant to reflect the level of power generation needed to fulfil the contracted power purchase agreements,” said the application. “The Project design changes also reflect a distribution-level rather than a transmission-level interconnection.”

The application added: “BluEarth was chosen by the Alberta School Boards Commodity Purchasing Consortium (the ‘CPC’) to supply many of Alberta’s schools and educational facilities with clean, renewable energy through a long term power purchase agreements (‘PPAs’). As noted above, the level of energy generation required to fulfill the PPAs is less than previously anticipated. Therefore, through this Amendment Application, the project size is proposed to be reduced to 17 wind turbines with an output of 29.2 MW which aligns with the generation requirements of the CPC PPAs.”

The project contact is: BluEarth Renewables Inc., 34 Harvard Rd., Guelph, ON N1G 4V8, Tom Bird, tom@bluearth.ca, (519) 265-5316.

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