Alberta seeks input on revisions for BluEarth wind project

The Alberta Utilities Commission said Dec. 10 that it is taking public comment until Jan. 6, 2015, on an application by 1646658 Alberta Ltd., a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc., to alter the already-approved Bull Creek Wind Project.

The newly-proposed Bull Creek Wind Project would have 17 wind turbines and a total installed capacity of 29.2 MW, as opposed to the original 46-turbine, 115-MW project approved by the AUC. The amended project would be connected to the Fortis Alberta Ltd. distribution system. Therefore, the approved Bull Creek substation is no longer needed and neither are other transmission facilities required to connect the original project to the Alberta electric system.

“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 Nov. 17 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.”

A project contact is: 1646658 Alberta Ltd., Tom Bird, Phone: 519-265-5316, Email: tom@bluearth.ca.  

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