Hand Hills seeks interconnect OK
Alberta regulators review transmission plan for BluEarth’s 78.2MW project
The Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) has requested approval for interconnection of the 78.2MW Hand Hills wind project proposed by BluEarth Renewables, writes Patti Lane.
The Alberta Utilities Board is reviewing the AESO’s needs identification document. Transmission facility owner ATCO Electric is expected to soon file an application for a 17-kilomter 240kV transmission line and upgrades to connect the Highland collector substation to the Coyote Lake system substation.
The expected in-service date for the new connection is third quarter of 2014. ATCO estimates the in-service cost of the proposed transmission development is about C$24m.
The Hand Hills scheme, located in the Hanna region, will employ 34 turbines. Previous project owner Joss Wind received regulatory approval to install Siemens SWT 2.3MW 101 machines.
Image: Plans call for a 17-kilometer transmission line (ATCO)