|Number of Turbines:||48|
|Installed Power:||Up to 201.6 MW|
|Commercial Operation Date:||June 2021|
|Expected Lifespan:||25-30 years|
EDF Renewables, in partnership with the Blood Tribe First Nation is proposing to develop, construct and operate the Cypress Wind Power Project located southeast of Medicine Hat, closest to the Hamlet of Dunmore, Alberta, near the intersection of Highway 41 and Township Road 100 in Cypress County, Alberta. The Project will generate of up to 201.6 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity. A map outlining the location of the site can be found here.
In addition to working with Cypress County, EDF Renewables Canada 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), the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) launched Rounds 2 & 3 of the program in March 2018. The second round of the REP includes 300 MW of renewable electricity for projects. The third round will procure up to 400 MW of renewable electricity. The two rounds are separate but parallel competitions with target in-service dates of June 30, 2021.
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, AUC application preparation and submission AUC approval expected by Q4 2019.
STAGE 2: CONSTRUCTION
Anticipated start of construction Q3 2020
STAGE 3: OPERATION
Anticipated Operation in Q2 2021 with operations lasting 25-30 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.
We invited the community to come out and learn more about the Cypress Wind Power Project at two open houses in Irvine, AB. Our first community open house was held on April 27, 2017 and our second community open house was held on November 16, 2017. Copies of the information presented at these open houses can be found under the “News” tab.
More information about future open houses, currently planned for March 2019 will be available shortly.
EDF Renewables 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:
■ 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.
■ More than $10 million in 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 neighbor and we work closely with the community to design our Project in a way that is respectful to the needs, heritage and future of Cypress County.
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