NaturEner eyes new turbines, timing delay for two wind projects in Alberta

NaturEner Wild Rose 2 Energy Inc. on Sept. 7 filed an amendment application to the Alberta Utilities Commission covering new wind turbines and a timeline delay for the previously-approved Wild Rose 2 Wind Power Plant.

The project site is located approximately 30 kilometers southeast of the city of Medicine Hat and 20 kilometers south of the Town of Dunmore in Cypress County, Alberta.

The commission approved NaturEner’s application to construct and operate the project. The AUC also approved NaturEner’s application to construct and operate the associated Eagle Butte substation.

The changes requested in this new application are required to allow for a proposed change from the currently-approved Alstom ECO-110 3.0 MW turbine to the 3.2 MW Siemens SWT 3.2-113 turbine. NaturEner said it requires no amendment to the substation permit, other than a time extension of the completion date.

NaturEner said it attempted, to the absolute extent possible, to keep the turbine locations now proposed the same as the turbine locations already approved. Of the 63 turbines in the permitted layout, only 28 turbines were affected by the proposed changes. Under the new layout, three locations have been removed and eight locations were moved less than 50 meters. NaturEner requires approval of amendments to only 17 of the 63 turbine locations cited in the existing permit.

After a thorough selection process, NaturEner said it entered into an agreement with Siemens Canada Ltd. for these new turbines.

NaturEner is asking for:

  • a change of the turbines from the Alstom model to the Siemens model;
  • reduction of the number of turbines from 63 to 60;
  • a change in the nameplate rated capacity of the entire project from 189 MW to 192 MW;
  • amendment of the permitted layout; and
  • extension of the construction deadline in the wind project permit and the substation permit from Dec. 31, 2016, to Dec. 31, 2018.

Similar changes sought for companion Wild Rose 1 project

Also on Sept. 7, NaturEner Wild Rose 1 Energy Inc. sought similar changes from the commission for the Wild Rose 1 Wind Power Plant, to be located approximately 45 kilometers southeast of the City of Medicine Hat and 20 kilometers south of the Town of Irvine in Cypress County. The commission had previously approved the wind project and the associated Wild Rose 1 substation.

The changes requested in this application are required to allow for a proposed change from the currently-approved Alstom ECO-110 3.0 MW turbine to the 3.2 MW Siemens SWT 3.2-113 turbine. NaturEner again attempted, to the absolute extent possible, to keep the turbine locations the same. Of the 70 turbines in the permitted layout, only 13 turbine locations were affected by the changes. Under the new layout, two locations are removed and two locations are moved less than 50 meters. NaturEner requires approval of amendments to only nine of the 70 locations cited in the prior permit.

NaturEner’s requests in this second case are to:

  • change the turbines from the Alstom model to the Siemens model;
  • reduce the number of turbines from 70 to 68;
  • change the nameplate rated capacity from 210 MW to 217.6 MW;
  • amend the permitted layout; and
  • extend the construction deadline in the project permit and the substation permit from July 17, 2017, to March 31, 2019.

These two project companies are part of NaturEner Energy Canada Inc., a renewable energy company.

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