Vulcan County council has rescinded a motion that had allowed a subsidiary of ABO Wind to place a transmission line in a County road allowance in the Milo area.
On Jan. 13, council had approved the request from Buffalo Plains Wind Farm Inc. to use roughly 16 kilometres of right of way along the west side of Range Road 211, with a single pole to be used along a two-kilometre developed stretch of the road allowance.
A report from administration prepared for the Jan. 13 meeting had stated that no residences are located on the parcels adjacent to the right-of-way.
But the County subsequently received two letters from local residents pointing out that in fact there is a residence located adjacent to the right-of-way.
Based on this information, council agreed Jan. 27 to rescind the Jan. 13 motion and again hear the application during a future meeting.
ABO is proposing to build 83 wind turbines in the Lomond area, generating more than 500 megawatts of electricity.
The proposed turbines have a hub height of 115 metres, a rotor diameter of 170 metres, and an overall height to blade tip of 200 metres. The project also includes a project substation and overhead/underground collector lines.
The $500-million Buffalo Plains Wind Project is currently being considered the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), which expects to make a decision on the project this summer.
An online question-and-answer session on Zoom takes place Feb. 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. Anyone wanting to participate can register by filling out a form on the AUC’s website, www.auc.ab.ca.
The deadline to provide written submissions to the AUC is Feb. 24.
There is opposition to the proposed project, with a group called Concerned Citizens Of Lomond Opposing Wind Power having started up a Facebook page.
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