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The Spring Lake Wind Project is proposed of up to 200 megawatts (MW) of wind generating capacity to be developed, constructed and operated in the Rural Municipalities of Coulee and Whiska Creek, Southeast of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. In addition to working with the Rural Municipalities (RM), EDF Renewables will seek necessary approvals for the Project from SaskPower, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport.
In the coming months, the Project team will engage with community members, local First Nations, local government officials and local businesses to make sure the final Project design is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable. Our goal is to minimize potential impacts to the environment, local stakeholders and First Nation communities.
WHY WIND, WHY NOW?
Wind is among the lowest cost options for new electricity generation. The Saskatchewan government and SaskPower have committed to managing emissions by rebuilding the electricity system to meet the province’s current needs and to power a sustainable future. In 2015, SaskPower set a target of 50% of generation capacity from renewable energy by 2030. By meeting this target the province will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 2005 levels. To achieve this goal, SaskPower is projected to bring on over 2,000 MW of NEW wind power capacity in just over 12 years.
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 and project submission for consideration in SaskPower renewable energy procurement.
STAGE 2: CONSTRUCTION
Anticipated start of construction Q4 2018
STAGE 3: OPERATION
Anticipated Operation in Q2 2020 with operations lasting 20 years
STAGE 4: DECOMMISSIONING
Full decommissioning and reclamation will last 6-12 months following the 20 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.
We invite you to come out and learn more about the Spring Lake Wind Project at our first community open house. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Neville Community Centre Neville Community Centre
231 Mowbray St., Neville, SK
EDF Renewables values the long-term benefits of working with the local community. If the Spring Lake Wind 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 the Rural Municipalities of Coulee and Whiska Creek.
Should you have questions, comments or any interest in the Project, please contact the Spring Lake Wind Project development team at any time:
David Warner, Manager Development
Phone: 1-844-55-EDF-EN (1-844-553-3336)