The Whitla Wind Facility is a 298.8-megawatt (MW) wind power facility (developed in two phases) located approximately 10 kilometres south of Bow Island in the County of Forty Mile, Alberta.
In December 2017, the first 201.6 MW phase of the Project was selected for a 20-year contract by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) in the first round of its Renewable Electricity Program (REP)
Capital Power submitted its combined Power Plant and Substation Application to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) under Rule 007 for regulatory approval in October 2017. On August 30, 2018, the AUC found the project to be in the public interest and approved both phases of the Project. As part of this regulatory application, Capital Power received a sign-off for the Project's Environmental Evaluation from Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).
Capital Power has submitted applications to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) requesting the ability to interconnect to the existing transmission infrastructure within the proposed Project area. In May 2018, the AESO and AltaLink respectively filed their Transmission Needs Identification Documentation (NID) and Facilities Applications (FA) with the AUC.
Construction of Phase 1 began in September 2018 and the project is expected to begin commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2019. Project procurement activities will be ongoing over the next six months.
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Last reviewed: Sept 2018