Alberta okays NextEra buy of 291-MW Heritage Wind project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Nov. 16 approved an Oct. 20 application from NextEra Canada Development & Acquisitions Inc. to transfer ownership of the Heritage Wind Farm from Heritage Wind Farm Development Inc. to NextEra.

Heritage Wind Farm Development has a prior approval to construct and operate the 291-MW Heritage Wind Farm. NextEra stated that the transaction related to the power project was anticipated to close on or about Nov. 30.

Heritage is a 97-turbine, 291-MW project to be located in the Municipal District of Pincher Creek No. 9. A February 2014 commission approval for a time extension of the project set a Dec. 31, 2017, deadline for project construction to be completed. The original application for the project had been filed in 2011.

Heritage said at the time of the 2014 extension that it anticipated that the Goose Lake/Castle Rock Ridge to Chapel Rock 240/500-kV transmission line, which is required for the full production of the power plant, would not be fully operational until the fourth quarter of 2017.

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