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.​​ After discovering an error in the AUC notice map issued January 13, 2021, the AUC re-issued the notice​ on March 3, 2021.

The AUC held an oral hearing for the applications took place on the following dates:

  • October 19 to 22, 2021
  • October 26, 2021
  • October 28, 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.​

​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.​

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

 Online hearing: October 19-28, 2021

Location: Online meeting​

 

Decision expected: February 2022

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AUC contact: Kloria Wen
 403-592-4367 or kloria.wen@auc.ab.ca

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AUC contact: Allan Anderson
 403-592-4438​ or allan.anderson@auc.ab.ca​

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 Buffalo Plains Wind Farm Inc. contact: Robin Reese 403-993-4013 or robin.reese@abo-wind.com​​

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