Capital Power’s proposed 54-megawatt (MW) Whitla Wind 3 project is located in the County of Forty Mile, Alberta, and is the third phase of Capital Power’s Whitla Wind facility. Whitla Wind 3 will consist of 15 Vestas V-136 3.6 MW wind turbines, the same technology in operation at Whitla Wind 1 and to be installed for Whitla Wind 2. Whitla Wind 3 has an estimated capital cost of $92 million and is expected to be constructed concurrently with the Whitla Wind 2 project beginning in Summer 2021 with a commercial operation date in December 2021* (based on the current project schedule).
Whitla Wind 3 will generate carbon credits that can be used to hedge against Capital Power’s carbon compliance costs from its Alberta thermal generation facilities. Capital Power is in active discussions with commercial and industrial customers for renewable offtake contracts for Whitla Wind 2 and will now include Whitla Wind 3.
Capital Power has initiated the permitting process for Whitla Wind 3 with the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and anticipates filing its Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) application this summer. This process involves a Participant Involvement Program (PIP) that includes consultation (where possible due to COVID-19), public notification, project‐specific mailings and open house discussions, which will be completed this summer.
For more information, read our notice, information panels and newsletter below.
Capital Power is committed to stakeholders in the County of Forty Mile and is interested in hearing from all stakeholders with their suggestions and feedback regarding the Whitla Wind 3 project.
Due to restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and Capital Power’s commitment to protect stakeholders and employees, Capital Power is not holding in-person public open houses or town hall meetings at this time. Capital Power hosted two question & answer sessions on July 8 and July 9 where stakeholders had an opportunity to call-in to ask questions directly to the project team about Whitla Wind 3, and provide comments and feedback.
If you were unable to participate in the question & answer sessions, stakeholders are encouraged to contact us anytime with their questions or comments about the project by:
The community and economic benefits for the project would be similar to those for Whitla Wind 1, including a new and steady stream of municipal tax revenue, and annual lease revenues to landowners.
Capital Power is committed to being a good neighbour. Some examples of our activities and support for local community groups include:
- Bow Island Foremost Victim Services Golf Tournament
- Bow Island Children’s Festival
- Forty Mile Regional FCSS programs
- Annual Foremost Rodeo
- Burdett 105th Anniversary Committee
- Foremost Municipal Library
- Bow Island Municipal Library
- Pleasant View Seniors Lodge
- Bow Island Minor Hockey Association
- Southern Alberta MedicAir Society HALO
- County of Forty Mile Food Bank
- Bow Island and District Health Foundation
Once all three phases of the Whitla Wind facility are completed by the end of 2021, it will be Alberta’s largest wind facility with 353 megawatts of generation capacity.
Brian Vaasjo, President and CEO
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