Power Renewable pursues 120-MW Jenner Wind project in Alberta

The Alberta Utilities Commission is taking comment until May 13 on a March 7 application from Power Renewable Energy Corp. for approval to construct a 120-MW wind farm, named the Jenner Wind Power Project.

The Jenner Wind Power Project (JWPP) boundary is approximately three and a half kilometers east of Jenner, Alberta. Power Renewable Energy’s application is a phase I buildable area application where the applicant has applied for approval of the areas in which it proposes to construct the project. If the phase I application is approved, the exact turbine type and locations will be applied for in a separate phase II application to the commission. 

The land optioned for the JWPP is primarily cultivated farmland and grazing lands. There is oil and gas activity on the lands.

The JWPP is in the Alberta Electric System Operator planning area 48. PRE proposes to develop the JWPP using the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) buildable area phased process. The Phase 1 (Buildable Area) application contained herein details the approximate 6,400 hectares of lands within the JWPP project boundary, and the 1,400 hectares of Buildable Area unconstrained lands in which the future Phase 2 JWPP Buildable Area application will site turbines.

Joss Wind Power Inc. has been the prospector and developer of the JWPP since 2010. In November 2015, Joss Wind sold the JWPP to PRE, and all required assignments of the interconnection rights were completed on Feb. 2, 2016. PRE and Joss Wind will continue to develop the JWPP through the permitting phase.

PRE said it is proposing the JWPP as a 120-MW development. PRE will cover any potential expansions under a separate application at some future time. Should expansion be pursued, PRE anticipates that the JWPP could accommodate up to an additional 180 MW, potentially making the JWPP a 300-MW facility.

The management team of PRE have developed and constructed numerous wind farms across Canada. PRE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Energy Corp. (PE). PE invests in companies operating in the renewable energy sector and holds ownership positions in two companies operating in this sector: Potentia Solar Inc., a solar power producer; and Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC, a U.S.-based owner and operator of hydropower facilities. PE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, a diversified international management and holding company.

PRE’s head office mailing address is: Power Renewable Energy Corp., 161 Bay Street, Suite 5000, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2S1.

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