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
  
26123-D01-20211195714 Alberta Ltd.Empress Industrial System Designation, Power Plant and Interconnection Project26123Industrial system designation interconnection, power plant, industrial system designationUncontested, Whether ISD criteria met
26213-D01-2021Elemental Energy Renewables IncChappice Lake Solar Project Alteration26213Power plant enquiry proposalUncontested
24266-D01-2020East Strathmore Solar Project Inc.East Strathmore Solar Project24266Power plant - solarProperty impacts, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
23958-D01-2020Alberta Health ServicesFoothills Medical Centre Power Plant Expansion Project23958Power plant – thermal plantNoise
24845-D01-20202113260 Alberta Ltd.Oyen Community Solar Power Plant24845Power plant – solar plantProperty impacts
24573-D01-2020Elemental Energy Renewables Inc. Brooks Solar II Power Plant 24573Power plant – solar plantConsultation, Property impacts, Health and safety, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
24857-D01-2020Three Nations Energy GP Inc.Fort Chipewyan Solar Generation Facility (Phase 2)24857Power plant – solar plantUncontested
23951-D01-2019Aura Power Renewables Ltd.Fox Coulee Solar Project23951Power plant – solar plantProperty impacts, Health and safety, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
2402-D01-2019Enel Alberta Wind Inc.; Alberta Electric System Operator; AltaLink Management Ltd.Riverview Wind Power Plant and Interconnection2402Power plant – wind plantEnvironment, Noise, Uncontested
23753-D01-2019Enel Alberta Wind Inc.Castle Rock Ridge Phase II Wind Power Project23753Power plant – wind plantProperty impacts, Environment, Noise
23821-D01-2019Acestes Ventures Ltd.Coaldale Solar Project23821Power plant – solar plantProperty impacts, Health and safety, Environment, Noise
22546-D01-2019Stirling Wind Project Ltd.; Alberta Electric System Operator; AltaLink Management Ltd.Stirling Wind Project; Stirling Wind Project Connection Needs Identification Document; Stirling Wind Project Connection Facility Applications22546Substation, transmission line, power plant - wind plantNeed: system access service, Choice of NID alternative, Consultation, Property impacts, Health and safety, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
23645-D01-2019Acestes Ventures Ltd.Vulcan Solar Project23645Power plant – solar plantHealth and safety, Environment, Uncontested
23418-D01-2019EPCOR Water Services Inc.E.L. Smith Solar Power Plant23418Power plant – solar plantProperty impacts, Environment
22665-D01-2018EDP Renewables SH Project GP Ltd.Sharp Hills Wind Project22665Power Plant, Substation, Transmission Interconnection, Power plant – wind plantConsultation, Property impacts, Health and safety, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
22966-D01-2018BHEC-RES Alberta G.P. Inc.Forty Mile Wind Power Project22966Power plant – wind plantConsultation, Property impacts, Health and safety, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
23049-D01-2018Capital Power Generation Services Inc.Whitla Wind Project23049Power plant – wind plantEnvironment, Noise, Uncontested
22934-D01-2018Turning Point GenerationCanyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project22934Power plant – hydro plantEnvironment, Noise
22563-D01-2018Capital Power Generation Services Inc.Halkirk 2 Wind Power Project22563Power Plant - Wind PlantConsultation, Property impacts, Health and safety, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise
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
2014-0401646658 Alberta Ltd.Bull Creek Wind Project1955Power Plant, Gathering system, SubstationConsultation, Property impacts, Health and safety, Routing and siting, Environment, Noise

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