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Project managers Keaton Lever and Marika Gibson provided council with a project overview and status update of the Buffalo Plains Wind Farm, reads the minutes of the Dec. 18 County council meeting. An open house and stakeholder consultation have been completed, as well as an environmental assessment of the land, they told council.
Under the terms of the contract with the Alberta Electrical System Operator, the company is not penalized for not meeting the stated in-service date. However, the contract period remains in place, effectively meaning a shorter term. ...The three winning bids in the 2017 auction stated prices that averaged slightly less than 4 cents per kilowatt hour. The average 2019 year-to-date power price in Alberta was 5.5-cents per kilowatt hour as of Dec. 18.
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With this new removal technique, the top metre of the base is removed. A backhoe digs a hole around the concrete base once the tower is removed. Then an automated high-pressure water jet is set up to fire a jet of water up close and rotate around the concrete base, directing the thin, high-pressure stream of water, cutting deeply into the base, slicing both the concrete and the rebar inside. The water jet rotates around the concrete pillar firing the high-pressure water jet until it is done. The top metre of the top of the concrete pillar is then lifted off.
Two of three company’s awarded large renewable energy supply contracts in 2017 are on track to meet an end-of-year deadline to build facilities in southern Alberta, but a third, near Oyen, is delayed after a drawn-out regulatory approval process.
As turbine numbers have increased, rural residents once largely supportive of harnessing wind energy are expressing concerns ...“In each five year increment, starting with 1996, there’s been a 20 percent drop in the approval of the citizens for wind within our municipality. That leaves us at about 55 percent for, 45 percent against,” said Gavin Scott, senior planner with the Oldman River Regional Services Commission.
“There’s a lot of uncertainty right now on what programs might be rolled back, what incentives might be rolled back, so that creates not a great environment for investors,” said Binnu Jeyakumar, director with the Pembina Institute. “There’s a lot of wait and see. What we saw in Ontario was pretty disastrous for investments” in renewable energy, she added.
In a case which could have implications for the provincial government’s ambitious targets for renewable energy generation, the Municipal Planning Commission for the MD of Pincher Creek, which has one of the largest densities of wind farms in southern Alberta, rejected the proposed Windy Point Wind Project earlier this month after about 80 local landowners said enough was enough.
The growing backlash to Canada’s climate push reflects a number of changes, experts say. Those include widespread anger in Ontario as electricity prices soared in recent years, driven in part by a shift to renewables; worries about the economy amid a brewing trade war; and the rollback of U.S. climate policies under President Donald Trump, which could draw energy investment away from Canada.
Kroker says plans for the wind farm have been in the works for years but the sizable turbine model was not disclosed until the summer of 2017. The towers have never been tested in North America. “There are no real studies on a tower this size when it comes to health effects and, for a lot of our community members, that’s the big sticking point.”
“We’re very worried about these contracts that landowners are signing,” Bennett said during a March 8 meeting of the Action Surface Rights group and a similar presentation March 7 at the Alberta Grazing Leaseholders Association meeting in Brooks, Alta.
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RCMP discovered several bullet holes in one of the transformers for the wind turbines. They say it appears the shots were possibly fired from the nearby roadway.
RCMP said it appears shots were fired from a distance, possibly from nearby roadway
“TransAlta is very interested in repowering this site. Unfortunately, right now, it’s not economically feasible,” Wayne Oliver, operations supervisor for TransAlta’s wind operations in Pincher Creek and Fort Macleod, said in an interview. “We’re anxiously waiting to see what incentives might come from our new government
The 57 turbines on the site produce about 20 megawatts of electricity. The lifespan of this equipment is about 20 years, and this site is becoming a safety issue and there's a lack of replacement parts.
“They confirmed most of the reports we’ve seen in media where, again, the failed policy that the government is trying to promote to replace coal generation and gas generation to a large extent, by renewables, will not work, is not economically viable and will cost this province billions of dollars,” he said.
A large wind farm with 50 turbines proposed southwest of Vermilion is raising concerns about noise, disturbing farmers and killing migratory birds and bats.
Officials confirmed Tuesday that the birds were found last week and noted a team of avian experts has again been dispatched to the area to determine what happened. It’s believed there’s about a hundred mallard ducks and at least one Canada goose.
Carcasses, dismembered wings and skeletal remains of numerous ducks lying beneath a 240 kilovolt power line were reported in early January to AltaLink, the electrical system provider, by area resident and environmentalist David McIntyre.