Alberta okays ownership change for 69-MW Welsch wind project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Aug. 19 approved a change of ownership for the 69-MW Welsch Wind Farm Project in the Pincher Creek area of this Canadian province.

Welsch Wind Power Inc. had filed a recent application with the commission for a transfer of ownership of the Welsch Wind Farm Project, consisting of a 69-MW wind farm and the Welsch Wind Farm substation. Eolectric Development Inc. was the holder of the approval and the permit and licence.

Welsch said that it is a general partner of Welsch Wind Power LP, a limited partnership created pursuant to the laws of Manitoba and extra-provincially registered in Alberta. Welsch GP also stated that under an asset transfer agreement entered into as of May 14, 2015, Eolectric assigned and transferred all its rights and obligations in the Welsch Wind Farm Project to Welsch.

A contact listed for Welsch in the transfer application, out of an office in Toronto, is Hassan Shahriar, 416-572-8972.

The Alberta commission in November 2014 granted a timing break to Eolectric Development for this project. Eolectric Development had a prior approval to construct and operate the project, and has requested approval of a time extension, from Dec. 31, 2015, to Dec. 31, 2016, in order to complete construction.

Eolectric stated that in order to take changes to the local transmission system into account, the Alberta Electric System Operator requested an amendment to the connection proposal for the Welsch Wind Farm Project. As a result, Eolectric prepared a new engineering study report with a revised connection in-service date of June 2016.

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