Alberta system operator seeks approval to interconnect a wind project

The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) applied Dec. 11 to the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval of the McLaughlin Wind Energy Connection Needs Identification Document.

Renewable Energy Services Ltd. (RESL) is or proposes to become a market participant, and has requested system access service for its proposed McLaughlin Wind Aggregated Generating Facility in the Pincher Creek area. RESL’s request includes a Rate STS, Supply Transmission Service, contract capacity of 47 MW and a Rate DTS, Demand Transmission Service, contract capacity of 1 MW for new system access services in the area.

AESO said that RESL’s request can be met by adding a new 138 kV circuit to connect RESL’s proposed McLaughlin 423S substation to the existing transmission line 164L using a T-tap configuration. The scheduled in-service date for the transmission project is July 1, 2017. 

In the event that the proposed facilities are not in-service by Jan. 1, 2018, which is six months following the scheduled in-service date of July 1, 2017, the AESO will inform the commission in writing if the need to expand or enhance the transmission system described in this application continues, and if the technical solution described in this application approval continues to be the AESO’s preferred technical solution.

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