Alberta schedules hearing on delay for 100-MW hydro project

The Alberta Utilities Commission will be holding a March 3, 2015, hearing to consider the extension of the approvals granted for the Dunvegan hydro power plant development.

Glacier Power Ltd., a subsidiary of TransAlta Corp., has applied for a time extension to complete the 100-MW Dunvegan hydro plant near Dunvegan, Alberta. Glacier Power received approval for the power plant in 2009 with a condition to complete construction by May 30, 2014. Glacier Power has requested that the completion date be extended to May 30, 2023.

Glacier Power said that the project’s economics are not expected to be favorable until after 2020 and that an additional two to three years are required to complete project development followed by approximately four years to complete project construction. The commission has granted an interim extension until a final decision is made on this application.

The project would be located on the Peace River at Dunvegan, Alberta. The 2009 project approval said it would consist of 40 turbine units, with a total generating capacity of 100 MW.

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