Whitla wind­farm takes step to­ward re­al­ity

Medicine Hat News - - WEST -

A po­ten­tial ma­jor wind­farm near Whitla is mov­ing to­ward the next step of reg­u­la­tory ap­proval.

Ed­mon­ton-based Cap­i­tal Power is propos­ing to build a 300-megawatt wind­farm in two phases on land about 50 kilo­me­tres south­west of Medicine Hat.

It has said it would bid the pro­ject into a re­new­able en­ergy sup­ply auc­tion that will con­clude this year for projects put in ser­vice by the end of 2019.

Sep­a­rately how­ever, Al­berta Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion an­nounced on Nov. 6 that it will be­gin ac­cept­ing sub­mis­sions be­fore it con­sid­ers reg­u­la­tory ap­proval of the pro­ject.

Whitla Wind­farm would be lo­cated on mostly pri­vate land di­rectly east of the Forty Mile Coulee Reser­voir, com­pris­ing 83 tur­bines in to­tal on Ranges 9, 10 and 11 of Town­ships 7, 8 and 9.

Phase one would in­volve sit­u­at­ing 56 tur­bines ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing 201 megawatts, fol­lowed by 30 more tur­bines in phase two in­ter­spersed with ex­ist­ing sites.

The tower height would be 105-me­tres (about 350 feet), with ro­tor di­ame­tre of 136 me­tres.

Those wish­ing to learn how to be­come in­volved in the ap­pli­ca­tion hear­ing can do so at the Bow Is­land Le­gion on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. Writ­ten sub­mis­sions are due on Dec. 1 and can be sub­mit­ted elec­tron­i­cally.

The hear­ing it­self will be sched­uled for a later date, if needed.

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