Source: Greengate Power
Greengate Power Corporation has received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct and operate its Blackspring Ridge I Wind Project pursuant to Section 11 of the Alberta Hydro and Electric Act. Greengate is expecting to begin construction on the project in 2012, with a target commercial operation date of 2013.
Upon completion, the Blackspring Ridge I Wind Project is expected to be Canada's largest operating wind energy project with a total generating capacity of 300 MW. The project is located in Southern Alberta in Vulcan County near the Village of Carmangay, approximately 165 km southeast of Calgary.
The AUC conducted an extensive review of the project, and found that its approval is in the public interest having regard to its social, economic and environmental effects.
"We are very pleased to have received AUC approval for what we expect to be Canada's largest operating wind energy project," said Dan Balaban, President and CEO of Greengate. "Our world-class development team led by Pablo Argeñal, Dan Tocher and Ryan Tourigny made this approval possible."
The Blackspring Ridge I Wind Project is expected to provide substantial economic benefits to rural Alberta in the form of new jobs, increased tax revenues and royalties for landowners. The project is also expected to have a significant positive impact on Alberta's environmental performance by supplying a clean source of electricity for 100,000 homes, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 600,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to removing 120,000 cars from Alberta's roads.