Alberta commission okays sharp reduction in size of Bull Creek Wind Project

1645558 Alberta Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables, was approved April 17 by the Alberta Utilities Commission for changes in number and size of the wind turbines for its Bull Creek Wind Project.

On Feb. 13, TransCanada Energy Ltd. and TransAlta Corp. withdrew their respective statements of intent to participate in this proceeding, indicating, among other things, that they had received a copy of the Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO) system studies, which were their main concern.

The applicant had previously been given approval to construct and operate the Bull Creek Wind Project, which consisted of a 46-turbine, 115-MW wind power plant and the associated Bull Creek 280S substation, near Provost, Alberta. The applicant then applied for an alteration of the project, reducing the project size to reflect the generation needed to fulfill contracted power purchase agreements and to change to a distribution-level interconnection.

The applicant proposed a reduction to 17 wind turbines and a total capability of 29.2 MW. The amended project will utilize wind turbines that are smaller in capability and have a shorter hub height. The reduction in the number of wind turbines results in a reduction of the size of the project site, the total length of access roads required and the total length of the collector system. The 17 turbines under the new version of the project are the General Electric 1.7-103 model.

The amended project would be connected to the FortisAlberta Inc. distribution system at 24.94 kV. Fortis is willing to connect to the amended project and has completed a high-level feasibility study. Fortis has submitted a system access service request to the AESO, which has been reviewed and accepted by the AESO.

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