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Cypress Renewable Energy Centre Limited Partnership, a Limited Partnership Entity of Cypress Wind Power Project (the Project), is a partnership between EDF Renewables Canada Inc. and Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe). The proposed Project will generate up to 201.6 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
In addition to working with Cypress County, EDF Renewables Canada Inc. will seek necessary approvals for the Project from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), and Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).
We will continue to engage with the community, landowners and local government, and anticipate filing our application to the AUC in Q2 2019.
Why Wind, Why Now
Following the completion of first round of the Renewable Electricity Program (REP Round 1), in 2018, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) launched the competitive procurement program, Renewable Electricity Program Round 2 (REP Round 2). EDF Renewables Canada Inc. (EDF RC) has been awarded a contract for the Cypress Wind Power Project (the Project) in partnership with the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe). The target in-service date is June 30, 2021.
Stage 1: Development
Current stage includes public engagement, environmental field studies, Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) application preparation and submission. AUC approval expected by Q4 2019 to Q1 2020.
Stage 2: Construction
Anticipated start of construction Q2 2020.
Stage 3: Operation
Anticipated operation in Q2 2021 to Q3 2021 with operations lasting twenty-five (25) to thirty (30) years.
Stage 4: Decommissioning
Full decommissioning and reclamation will last 6-12 months following the 25-30 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 neighbors, stakeholders and other interested parties.
On March 26, 2019, we hosted our third open house at Irvine and District Agricultural Society for the Cypress Wind Power Project.
The open house was very successful and we thank everyone who had the opportunity to join us to learn and provide feedback about the proposed Project.
Our Project team and subject matter experts were present to share updates, gather feedback, and answer any questions.
The updated information that were shared at the open house were:
- The selected Enercon E138 4.2 megawatt (MW) turbine;
- Maps showing the updated Project boundary and turbine locations;
- Noise contour maps;
- Results of the shadow flicker analysis;
- Visual simulations which illustrates what views might look like if the Project is approved. These are realistic simulations, complete with the turbines’ height, width, and overall size;
- Construction and operations photographs and information; and
- Potential benefits and impacts of the Project on the local community and information about EDF RC, the Kainai Nation (Blood Tribe), and our partnership.
If you were not able to attend the open house, you can view and download the open house boards under ‘News’ and ‘Cypress Open House – Winter 2019.’
EDF Renewables Canada values the long-term benefits of working with the local community. If the Cypress Wind Power Project is approved, the local community will benefit from the following:
- More than 250 jobs at peak construction and up to 10 permanent positions during operations;
- Contract opportunities for local businesses;
- Local investments into hospitality and construction services during the development, construction and operations phases of the Project; and
- Over $10 million in tax revenues throughout the life of the Project.
Should you have questions, comments or any interest in the Project, please contact the Cypress Wind Power Project development team at any time:
David Warner or Mark Gallagher
Based on what we heard from the open house and with further technical analysis, we have made minor modifications to the collector system and access road on the Project layout. The Project turbine locations and the Project boundary remain the same.
Updated Project map is available here.
We truly appreciate the feedback we have received so far, and we encourage you to continue to provide us with comments and concerns. EDF Renewbles Canada will provide a comprehensive summary of stakeholder feedback as part of our application to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), which we anticipate submitting in Q2 2019.