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Wind Power News: Alberta


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

December 24, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Proposed wind farm near Brooks would be largest in Canada

A huge new wind farm is being proposed southwest of Brooks. The Buffalo Plains Wind Farm would consist of 86 turbine towers and a peak capacity of 514 megawatts. It would be the largest in Canada when fully built out near the village of Lomond, in Vulcan County, potentially by 2023. The developer, a Canadian subsidiary of German renewable company ABO Wind, submitted its formal application for the project to provincial regulators on Wednesday. The Alberta Utilities Commission posted the . . . Complete story »

November 27, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

26 turbines on the way for Rattlesnake Ridge wind farm

The developer of a major wind farm project near Medicine Hat has secured delivery of 26 turbines ahead of major construction in 2021, BHEC announced Wednesday. The $200-million Rattlesnake Ridge wind farm is approved to be built on land north and south of the hamlet of Whitla in the County of Forty Mile, and would supply 130-megawatts of power in peak conditions to the Alberta electricity grid. On Tuesday, Berkshire Hathaway Energy Canada announced it had secured orders for higher . . . Complete story »

October 15, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

County council approves ABO Wind request to place collector lines in County road allowance

Vulcan County council approved Oct. 7 ABO Wind’s request for a licence to the County’s road right-of-way to place electrical collector lines for its proposed wind farm project near Lomond. Buffalo Plains Wind Farm Inc., a subsidiary of ABO Wind AG, applied to Vulcan County to place medium-voltage collector lines in the County road allowance. With council’s approval, ABO Wind has permission to place underground collector lines along the north side of the undeveloped road allowance butting up to the . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Alberta could lead Canada in wind and solar power by 2025, expert says

Growth in Alberta’s renewable energy sector should continue its upward trend, experts say, with one forecast anticipating a surge of projects that could have the province poised to be the Canadian leader in utility-scale wind and solar capacity as early as 2025. Rystad Energy tracks utility-scale wind and solar assets with at least one MWac (megawatt alternating current) in capacity. It forecasts that 83 per cent of the combined utility-scale wind and solar capacity built in Canada over the next . . . Complete story »

September 11, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Another SE Alberta wind play approved by regulator

The third of three major wind farm projects announced last fall has been approved by Alberta’s utility regulators. Rattlesnake Ridge, a 28-turbine facility that would be built near the hamlet of Whitla in the county of Forty Mile, and related connection to the Alberta power grid was accepted by the Alberta Utilities Commission on Wednesday. That facility, capable of producing about 118 megawatts of power in peak conditions, would see towers spread across eight sections of land when developer, Berkshire . . . Complete story »

September 7, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Alberta community’s concerns about wind farm echo familiar challenges of Canada’s energy transition

Chris Blumhagen was working on his organic farm in central Alberta when Capital Power called to sell him on the idea of putting a wind turbine on his land. Blumhagen says the representative from the company pushed hard, telling him his neighbours were already on board with a plan to build 74 turbines in the 100 square kilometre area and that if he didn’t sign on, he would miss out. So Blumhagen signed in exchange for $10 and a promise . . . Complete story »

June 24, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Whitla Wind farm will be largest in Alberta after planned expansions

The Whitla Wind farm will become the largest in Alberta, according to new construction plan announced Tuesday by owner Capital Power, which said a second expansion will be rolled into work on an additional phase next year. The Edmonton-based electricity producer said Tuesday that it will build a previously unannounced third phase to the array of turbines that sit south of Bow Island, southwest of Medicine Hat. Combined with Phase 2, the work will add 151 megawatts of production capacity . . . Complete story »

June 13, 2020 • Alberta, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Throwing caution to the wind turbines in Cypress County

Re: Cypress Wind hopes to lessen footprint during delay – Collin Gallant, June 9, 2020 A number of industrial wind energy projects have been proposed and/or approved in Cypress County which may have a devastating negative impact on local residents. The total number of turbines proposed exceeds 500 within the county. Globally, wind turbines produce power at about 30 per cent of nameplate capacity. Every one of these turbines will require near 100 per cent fossil fuel backup for times . . . Complete story »

June 10, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Cypress Wind hopes to lessen footprint during delay

Disruption in the global supply chain is cited as the cause for a one-year delay in building a major wind farm in southeast Alberta, but the company behind Cypress Wind says the time could be used to lessen the footprint of the facility that is still proceeding with the $250-million project. EDF Renewables was to begin construction of the 48-turbine facility – between Dunmore and the Cypress Hills – this spring, but hasn’t been able to order its preferred turbine . . . Complete story »

June 2, 2020 • AlbertaPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine topples, as does company’s relationship with college

The designer of an experimental wind turbine located near Medicine Hat College says an operational decision to lock them from spinning led to one shearing off in high wind on Sunday night. As well, the working relationship between the college and company appears to have ended. One of the distinctive blue, helical turbines laid on its side on Monday morning, separated from its base, while another was being girded by a forklift. Joel Goldblatt, head of Bluenergy SolarWind, told the . . . Complete story »

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