Capital Power’s proposed Halkirk 2 Wind project would be located north of our existing Halkirk Wind facility in the County of Paintearth, Alberta.
Halkirk 2 was approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) (Proceeding 25047-D01-2020) in March 2020. Since then, we’ve redesigned and refined the project with more optimal technology and reduced the footprint of the project and changed locations of wind turbines and associated infrastructure (e.g., access roads, collector lines, transmission line and substation). The final design layout is at the link below.
We filed our application with the AUC on October 5, 2022 (Proceeding: 27691) requesting an amendment to make the proposed revisions as well as a time extension for the construction completion date from December 1, 2022, to January 31, 2025 to accommodate a revised timeline. We submitted a Renewable Energy Project Amendment Submission to Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) in May 2022 for the project revisions and received our amendment from AEP in June 2022.
Based on current timelines and pending the receipt of all regulatory and permitting approvals, construction of Halkirk 2 Wind could tentatively begin in summer 2023 with commercial operation of the project in Q4 2024/early 2025. Read our project update below.
- Proposed project to be comprised of a maximum of 35 wind turbines (pending final selection of make and model)
- Project would be capable of generating enough power to meet the average annual electrical needs of over 70,000 Alberta homes (based on an average household energy usage of 600 kW/month)
- Plan to install an Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ADLS) subject to Transport Canada, County of Paintearth’s, and other applicable approvals, to mitigate the impact of the required turbine lighting on the community.
- In February 2023, Capital Power announced a 23-year clean electricity supply agreement with Public Services and Procurement Canada for approximately 250,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year to be sourced from this proposed project once complete, which is expected to be operational by January 1, 2025 (subject to regulatory approval).
The community and economic benefits for the project would be similar to those for Halkirk Wind, including a new and steady stream of municipal tax revenue, and annual lease revenues to landowners.
Development of the project will generate many jobs for the construction portion and will create permanent employment opportunities for approximately 8-10 people, including one full-time facility site manager, and service and maintenance personnel.
Capital Power is committed to being a good neighbour. Some examples of our activities and support for local community groups include:
- Halkirk Elks Bullarama
- Halkirk & District Volunteer Fire Department
- Castor and District Ag Society Rodeo
- Castor Fire and Rescue Comedy Night
- Halkirk Hall Association
- Castor Minor Sports
- Castor Food Bank
- Castor and District Museum
- Castor Fire and Rescue Society
- Coronation/Consort Victims Services
- Crime Stoppers, Central Alberta Association
- United Way of Central Alberta Society
Consultation and Engagement
We value and consider local community interests and priorities. We engage government, employees, local communities, investors, shareholders, and Indigenous communities. Our goal for every project, every facility and every initiative, internal and external, is to build, operate, and align with the interests and priorities of those closest to, and most impacted by, our operations.
We hosted two virtual workshops in December to hear feedback from the community about our project. Thank you to all who took the time to join us and share their input!
If you missed them, you can listen to our discussion:
Email: [email protected]
Mail: Halkirk 2 Wind Project
C/O Stakeholder Engagement
10th Floor, EPCOR Tower
1200 – 10423 101 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0E9