Power Renewable seeks Alberta nod on 122-MW first phase of Jenner wind project

Power Renewable Energy Corp. applied Oct. 31 to the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval to construct the 122.4-MW Jenner Wind Power Project (JWPP).

The JWPP boundary is approximately 3.5 kilometers east of Jenner, Alberta. The land optioned for the JWPP is primarily cultivated farmland and grazing lands. The southern edge of the JWPP is five kilometers from the border of Canadian Forces Base Suffield. The Red Deer River is north of the JWPP lands, and there is an abandoned railway line that transects the site. The JWPP is in the Alberta Electric System Operator planning area.

Power Renewable Energy (PRE) proposes to develop the JWPP using the commission’s buildable areas phased process. The phase 2 (Buildable Areas) application filed Oct. 31 details the approximate 6,400 hectares of lands within the JWPP project boundary, the 1,400 hectares of buildable areas unconstrained, and the facility locations including turbines and collector system. PRE is proposing the JWPP as a 122.4 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 current project schedule includes:

  • Stakeholder consultation – Ongoing
  • File Phase 2 Buildable Areas application with commission – Second half of 2016
  • Phase 2 Buildable Areas approval – First quarter 2017
  • Start construction – First half of 2017
  • Construction completed – November 2017
  • In-service Date – December 2017

The company noted that construction schedule will be influenced by AUC regulatory proceedings, approval expiry dates, and schedules for key project components, including:

  • Timing and results for Alberta’s Renewable Energy Program (REP): the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) website indicates that the AESO expects the first round of projects to be in-service by Q2 2019
  • Phase 2 approval timing
  • Transmission line permit and license (P&L) timing
  • Jenner substation modification P&L timing
  • Halsbury substation P&L timing
  • Interconnection / ISO Needs approval timing
  • Special Areas development permit timing
  • Transport Canada and NAVCanada expiry dates

PRE expects to participate in the REP and, if successful/allowable, intends to complete the project as soon as possible after contract award. PRE said it recognizes the REP may not award contracts until the end of 2017, in which case, the start of construction will be delayed. If the project is not successful in the first round of the REP, the project will apply for subsequent rounds of REP applications. Opportunities outside the REP are also being pursued and may also influence the construction timeframe.

PRE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Energy Corp., which invests in companies operating in the renewable energy sector. It wholly owns Potentia Solar Inc., a solar power producer, and has an ownership position in Eagle Creek Renewable Energy LLC, a U.S.-based owner and operator of hydropower facilities.

A project contact is: Hemanth Shankar, Powerrenewableenergy.com, 403-778-0405, jennerinfo@powerrenewableenergy.com.

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