Power plant decisions

Power plant decisions

Decisions on power generation facilities

 

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The construction and operation of a power generation facility requires an application to the Commission under section 11 of the Hydro and Electric Energy Act.  Power plant decisions are grouped below by generation source: (i) thermal energy (includes coal and natural gas); (ii) wind energy; (iii) solar energy; (iv) hydro energy; and (v) other (includes biomass, waste heat, etc.). 

The issues typically considered in power generation facility decisions include:

  • Consultation – includes adequacy, scope of consultation with landowners, other interested parties.
  • Property impacts – includes property value, agricultural impacts, business impacts, future development impacts.
  • Health and safety – includes electromagnetic fields (EMF), emergency response plan, icing and fogging, human health impacts, shadow flicker.
  • Siting – includes choice of location, proposed alternatives.
  • Environment – includes emissions, wildlife, plants, native prairie, water and water crossings.
  • Noise includes noise impact assessment, post construction monitoring.
  • First Nations – includes consultation, impacts to constitutional rights.
  • Uncontested – applications with no outstanding objections, or objections were received and the AUC determined that the parties did not meet the test for standing.

Decisions for reference

  
  
  
  
  
Issues
  
22563-D01-2018Capital Power Generation Services Inc.Halkirk 2 Wind Power Project22563Power Plant - Wind Plant
1976-D01-2018Renewable Energy Services Ltd.McLaughlin Wind Power Plant and Substation1976Power Plant - Wind PlantProperty impacts, Health and safety, Environment, Noise
22422-D01-2017SunEEarth Alberta Solar Development Inc.Yellow Lake Solar Project22422Power Plant - Solar PlantConsultation, Environment, Noise
22447-D01-2017C&B Alberta Solar Development ULCVauxhall Solar Power Plant22447Power Plant - Solar PlantEnvironment
21191-D01-2016Oldman 2 Wind Farm LimitedOldman 2 Wind Farm Post-Construction Sound Survey at Six Locations21191Power Plant - Wind PlantNoise
21897-D01-2016Vulcan Solar Hybrid Energy Centre GP Inc.Vulcan Solar Project21897Power Plant - Solar PlantProperty impacts, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
3329-D01-2016E.ON Climate & Renewables Canada Ltd.Grizzly Bear Creek Wind Power Project3329Power Plant - Wind PlantConsultation, Health and safety, Noise
2014-331Suncor Energy Products Inc.80-MW Hand Hills Wind Power Project2326Power Plant - Wind PlantConsultation, Property impacts, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
2014-253ATCO Power Canada Ltd.400-MW Heartland Natural Gas Power Plant2963Power Plant - Thermal PlantProperty impacts, Health and safety, Environment, Noise
2014-226Capital Power Generation Services Inc. Genesee Generating Station Units 4 and 52996Power Plant - Thermal PlantRouting and siting, Environment, Noise, First Nations
2014-040 (Errata)1646658 Alberta Ltd.Bull Creek Wind Project1955Power Plant, Gathering system, SubstationConsultation, Property impacts, Health and safety, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
2013-027GTE Solar Inc.Brooks Solar Power Plant1938Power Plant - Solar PlantProperty impacts, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
2012-301TransAlta CorporationTime Extension to Complete the Spray Hydro Power Plant Transformer Replacement2135Power Plant - Hydro PlantUncontested
2012-243TransAlta CorporationSpray Hydro Transformer Replacement1904Power Plant - Hydro PlantUncontested
2012-232Joss Wind Power Inc.Hand Hills Wind Power Project302Power Plant - Wind PlantConsultation, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
2012-153Millar Western Forest Products LtdBiogas Power Plant1521Power Plant - Other Generation SourcesConsultation, Health and safety, Environment, Noise
2012-038Geilectric Inc.New 69-MW Welsch Wind Power Project and Welsch Substation738Power Plant - Wind PlantProperty impacts, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
2011-467TransAlta CorporationPocaterra Power Plant1093Power Plant - Hydro PlantUncontested
2011-353ENMAX Bonnybrook Inc.Construct and Operate 165-MW Bonnybrook Energy Centre522Power Plant - Thermal PlantRouting and siting, Environment, Noise
2011-337Maxim Power Corp.H.R. Milner Power Plant Expansion203Power Plant - Thermal PlantHealth and safety, Environment, Noise
2011-329NaturEner Energy Canada Inc.162-MW Wild Rose 2 Wind Power Plant and Associated Eagle Butte Substation625Power Plant - Wind PlantConsultation, Property impacts, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
2011-239Heritage Wind Farm Development Inc.Heritage Wind Farm Power PlantPower Plant - Wind PlantConsultation, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
2011-186TransAlta CorporationAmendment of Wabamun Power Plant Approval No. U2010-57780Power Plant - Thermal PlantUncontested
2011-085Greengate Power CorporationBlackspring Ridge Wind Project190Power Plant - Wind PlantConsultation, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
2011-026Capital Power Management Inc.; Capital Power Generation Services Inc.Amendment to Genesee 3 Power Plant Approval No. U2010-32543Power Plant - Thermal PlantEnvironment
2010-612Alberta Electric System Operator, AltaLink Management Ltd. and Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries Inc.Al-Pac Pulp Mill Project586NID, Transmission line, Substation, Power plant - Other generation sourceConsultation, Property impacts, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
2010-493ENMAX Shepard Inc.Construct and Operate 800-MW Shepard Energy Centre241Power Plant - Thermal PlantConsultation, Property impacts, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
2010-498NaturEner Energy Canada Inc.Wild Rose 1 Wind Power Plant268Power Plant - Wind PlantRouting and siting, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
2010-470Fortuna GP, Inc.Ghost Pine Wind Power Plant – Turbines 25, 27, and 28236Power Plant - Wind PlantNoise, Uncontested
2010-461Oldman 2 Wind Farm LimitedOldman 2 Wind Farm Project293Power Plant - Wind PlantConsultation, Environment, Noise, Uncontested
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