1646658 Alberta Ltd., an affiliate of BluEarth Renewables, was approved on April 30 by the Alberta Utilities Commission for a delay in the construction time for its a 29.2-MW Bull Creek Wind Project in the Provost area of this Canadian province.
BluEarth had filed an application with the commission requesting approval of a time extension, from the original date of Dec. 31, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2016, in order to complete construction of the Bull Creek Wind Project. BluEarth stated that it intended to have the project constructed by Dec. 31, 2015. However, it submitted that the time extension request was driven by its ability to finance and the potential for unforeseen schedule issues.
BluEarth agreed that should construction extend into 2016, it would consult with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development to determine if any additional mitigations or consideration would be necessary. No notice of application was issued by the commission due to the recent approval of the amendment to the size of the power plant and the minor nature of the time extension application.
1645558 Alberta Ltd. was approved April 17 by the Alberta commission for changes in number and size of the wind turbines for the Bull Creek Wind Project. The applicant had previously been given approval to construct and operate 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 was approved April 17 for a reduction to 17 wind turbines and a total capability of 29.2 MW. The 17 turbines under the new version of the project are the General Electric 1.7-103 model.