BluEarth spins 29.2-MW Bull Creek Wind farm in Alberta into full operation

BluEarth Renewables Inc. announced Jan. 14 that the Bull Creek Wind Facility is now fully operational, with this being the first of BluEarth’s renewable power projects in Alberta to achieve operation.

Located approximately 20 kilometers northeast of Provost, Alberta, Bull Creek’s 17 General Electric wind turbines have a combined nameplate capacity of 29.2 MW.

“With some of the best renewable resources in Canada, Alberta is incredibly well positioned for growth in clean energy projects,” said Grant Arnold, BluEarth’s President and CEO. “I am proud of the innovation and passion demonstrated by our team and local community members in executing this project, and in bringing greater diversity to the local economy.”

“I commend BluEarth Renewables for creating good jobs in Alberta, seeing this project through, and helping power our province,” said Marg McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy for the Province of Alberta. “Our government’s Climate Leadership Plan will see Alberta transition to up to 30 per cent renewable power generation by 2030. The good work of Alberta-based companies like BluEarth, along with investment from companies around the world who develop renewable energy, will be critical in helping Alberta’s reliable power-grid become greener and healthier.”

“New wind energy developments, like Bull Creek, help Alberta to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and clean the air while also producing significant new investment and jobs,” said Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. “The Alberta Government’s new Climate Leadership Plan is positioned to build on the success of projects like this one by dramatically expanding the contribution of clean, reliable, and cost-effective renewable energy in the province’s electricity supply mix for the benefit of Alberta and Albertans.”

Electricity from Bull Creek will be sold to a number of Alberta’s school boards through agreements reached with assistance from the Alberta Schools Commodities Purchasing Consortium (CPC). The CPC ran a competitive process to select a renewable power developer to provide members with an option for a long-term, affordable source of renewable energy. BluEarth was selected as the partner to develop a project to meet their requirements.

1645558 Alberta Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables, was approved in April 2015 by the Alberta Utilities Commission for changes in number and size of the wind turbines for this project. The company 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. It then proposed 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.

Headquartered in Calgary, BluEarth is a private, independent renewable power producer, focused on the acquisition, development, construction, and operation of wind, water, and solar projects, with a focus on Canada.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.