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The proposed Bull Trail Wind Power Project (the Project) of up to 300 megawatts (MW), is located south of the hamlet of Irvine in Cypress County, Alberta. A map outlining the location of the site can be found here.
EDF Renewables will seek the necessary approvals for the Project from the Alberta Utilities’ Commission (AUC), the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and Cypress County.
The Project team has been engaging with community members, local First Nations, local government officials and local businesses to ensure that the final Project design is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. As part of our continuing consultation process throughout development, we will advise stakeholders prior to submitting our application to the AUC in Q3 2019.
WHY WIND, WHY NOW?
- Alberta is changing the mix of power generation to include a larger portion of renewable energy in the province including wind and solar.
- The Alberta Electric System Operator intends to encourage the development of renewable power through a competitive procurement process called the Renewable Electricity Program (REP).
- The current REP rounds have a targeted in-service date of June 30, 2021.
- Following the completion of the first competitive bidding process, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) launched REP Rounds 2 & 3 of the program in March 2018. The second round of the REP includes 300 MW of renewable electricity and the third round will procure up to 400 MW.
- We intend to submit the Bull Trail Wind Power Project in either REP 2 or REP 3.
Community engagement will take place throughout all phases of the Project, which consist of:
STAGE 1: DEVELOPMENT
Current stage Includes public engagement, environmental field studies, AUC application preparation and submission AUC approval expected by Q2 2020
STAGE 2: CONSTRUCTION
Anticipated start of construction Q3 2020
STAGE 3: OPERATION
Anticipated Operation in Q4 2022/Q1 2023 with operations lasting 20 – 25 years
STAGE 4: DECOMMISSIONING
Full decommissioning and reclamation will last 6-12 months following the 20 – 25 year operational term
As the Project is currently in Stage 1, engagement at this time is focused on sharing preliminary Project information, getting to know the community, and collecting feedback from neighbours, stakeholders and other interested parties.
On June 14, 2018 we hosted our first community open house for the Bull Trail Wind Power Project. Landowners, stakeholders, and community members came out to learn about the Project, ask questions, and meet with the project representatives. We appreciate everyone for making the time to come out, support the project, and providing all your comments and inquiries.
EDF Renewables values the long-term benefits of working with the local community. If the Bull Trail Wind Power Project is approved, the local community will benefit from the following:
■ Employment opportunities for the construction and operations of the Project.
■ Contract opportunities for local businesses.
■ Local investments into hospitality and construction services during the development, construction and operations phases of the Project.
■ Tax revenues throughout the life of the Project.
EDF Renewables believes every renewable energy project should be developed in lasting partnership with the local community. We strive to be a good neighbour and we work closely with the community to design our Project in a way that is respectful to the needs, heritage and future of Cypress County.
Should you have questions, comments or any interest in the Project, please contact the Bull Trail Wind Power Project development team at any time:
Mark Gallagher, Development Manager
Phone: 1-844-55-EDF-EN (1-844-553-3336)