Buffalo Plains Wind Farm Project

Buffalo Plains Wind Farm Project

The AUC is reviewing applications for a wind power plant project in the Lomond area​

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​Overview

The Alberta Utilities Commission is reviewing applications from Buffalo Plains Wind Farm Inc. to construct and operate the Buffalo Plains Wind Farm. The AUC issued a notice of application on January 13, 2021.​​

The project would have a maximum generation capacity of 514.6 megawatts (MW), consisting of 83 wind turbines with a nominal capacity of 6.2 MW each. The proposed turbines have a hub height of 115 metres, a rotor diameter of 170 metres, and an overall height to blade tip of 200 metres. The project also includes a project substation and overhead/underground collector lines. 

The potential turbine locations are shown in the map below. The project would be located approximately two​ kilometres west of the Village of Lomond in Vulcan County. Specifically, the project area would cover the following sections:​

SectionTownshipRangeMeridian
30, 31, 341520W4M
361521​
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3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 341620W4M
1, 25, 26, 27, 34, 361621W4M
6, 7, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 281720W4M
1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 141721
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​​Detailed maps can be found in the eFiling system, or by visiting the applicant’s Buffalo Plains Wind Farm website.​

Virtual information session

The AUC will be posting a video ​to provide information about how you may become involved in this proceeding and the funding that ​may be available to you to support your position, which includes costs for legal representation and expert witnesses.​​​

The AUC will also be holding a virtual question and answer session on February 17, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. to answer questions from registered participants. Participants must sign up through this link by February 16​, 2021 to participate in the session. Res​ponses to frequently asked questions will be posted here after completion of the session.​

The AUC's facility decision index is also available to assist stakeholders in researching issues that are raised frequently during proceedings that consider applications for po​wer plants (including wind, hydro and solar), transmission lines, gas utility pipelines and other facilities. This tool can be used to help stakeholders understand how the AUC ha​s viewed s​imilar issues in previously issued decisions.

How to participate​

If you wish to participate in this proceeding, please log in to the eFiling System, go to Proceeding 26214​, and register to participate under the “registered parties” tab and file a submission. Alternatively, please contact us at 310-4282 or info@auc.ab.ca for more information or assistance with filing your submission. The lead application officer, Victor Choy, can also be contacted at 403-592-4439 or b​y email at ​victor.choy@auc.ab.ca. Submissions are due February 24​, 2021.​

Persons (including individuals and corporations) who have rights that may be directly and adversely affected by the AUC's decision on the applications are legally entitled to participate in a public hearing to consider the applications. This permission to participate in a hearing is referred to as standing, and persons with standing are referred to as interveners.

For the purposes of this proceeding, the AUC generally considers that persons who own or reside on property located within 2,000 metres of the proposed project boundary  have rights that may be directly and adversely affected by its decision on the applications and therefore have standing. Persons with standing will be legally entitled to participate in the hearing process if they choose to, and will qualify for intervener funding, which may include costs for legal representation and expert witnesses.

Standing for other participants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If the AUC receives an objection to a person’s request to participate or status as an intervener, the AUC will make a decision on whether the person has standing or is eligible for intervener costs.

All interveners are encouraged to consider whether to hire legal representation, and prepare information requests and evidence, as early as possible. Interveners with similar interests are encouraged to form groups, as group participation reduces duplication of submissions and costs, and supports an efficient hearing process. ​

Intervener funding

To make informed decisions in the public interest, it is integral that the AUC receives the best possible information and evidence from landowners and others participating in AUC hearings. The AUC recognizes that many hearing participants may not have the expertise or resources to prepare a complete submission or represent themselves at a hearing.

If you are granted standing, you may qualify for intervener funding to assist with costs of participating in a hearing, including the costs associated with hiring a lawyer and expert witnesses. After a hearing, you may apply to the AUC to be reimbursed for costs such as legal fees, expert fees, hearing attendance, and out-of-pocket expenses.

Eligibility to recover costs does not guarantee full recovery of these costs. The AUC generally assesses costs claims on the basis of their reasonableness and direct relation to the proceeding, contribution to a better understanding of the issues, and lack of duplication with other parties. If you are granted standing, you are encouraged to consider coordinating with other interveners with similar concerns and interests to participate in the hearing as a group.

The AUC’s Rule 009: Rules on Local Intervener Costs outlines the process and requirements for interveners to request reimbursement of certain costs related to participating in a facility proceeding or hearing.​

Summarized process schedule 

The Commission has established the following process to consider the applications:

Process stepDate
Deadline to sign up for virtual Q&A sessionFebruary 16​, 2021
Virtual Q&A session
February 17, 2021, 6:30 p.m.​
Interveners' participation submissions
February 24, 2021
Interveners' information requests (questions) to applicantsMarch  12, 2021
Applicants' deadline to respond to information requestsMarch 26, 2021
Interveners' written evidence deadlineApril 9, 2021​​

​The eFiling System​

The eFiling System should be accessed to view the applications and the other documents the AUC will be considering in this proceeding. The system is also used to file submissions and evidence to participate in the proceeding.

To create an account, select "New account" and follow the steps to create a user ID and password. If you have any questions about how to use the system please contact us at info@auc.ab.ca or 310-4AUC.

Documents being considered in this proceeding can be found in the eFiling​ System (which requires log in). Once you have logged in, enter 26214 in the "go to" section at the top left corner of your screen.

Proceeding 26214               Register

Application status: under review

 Register for the online question and answer session: February 17, 2021, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Online meeting ​

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 Written submissions deadline: February 24, 2021

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Decision expected: Summer 2021​

 

AUC contact: Victor Choy
 403-592-4439 or victor.choy@auc.ab.ca​

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 Buffalo Plains Wind Farm Inc. contact: Keaton Lever 587-355-8727​ or keaton.lever@abo-wind.com​​

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