Bull Creek Wind Facility

The Bull Creek Wind Facility is located in the Municipal District of Provost, approximately 20 km northeast of Provost and 60 km southeast of Wainwright, Alberta, near the Saskatchewan border. This distribution-connected project consists of 17 GE wind turbines with a combined generating capacity of 29.2 megawatts (MW).

Location: 20 km northeast of Provost
Resource: Wind
Technologies: GE 1.7-103 turbines
Nameplate Capacity: 29.2 MW
First Online: 2015
Power Sales: Long-term power purchase agreement

 

The power from the Bull Creek Wind Project is sold to several of Alberta’s rural school boards through an agreement reached with the Alberta Schools Commodities Purchasing Consortium (CPC). For more information on the Alberta Schools CPC and the Bull Creek Wind Project, click here.

For billing issues, please call 1-403-668-1575 Ext. 2

In case of emergency occurring at or near one of our facilities, please call 1-888-692-4445

 

  • Began operating in December 2015
  • 17 wind turbines and a capacity of 29.2 MW of clean renewable power
  • Located approximately 20 km northeast of Provost, Alberta, and 60 km southeast of Wainwright, Alberta

Project Location

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BluEarth announces Bull Creek Wind Facility is now producing renewable power in Alberta

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Calgary, Alberta – January 14, 2016 – BluEarth Renewables Inc. (“BluEarth”) announced that the Bull Creek Wind Facility (“Bull Creek”) is now fully operational. Bull Creek is the first of BluEarth’s renewable power projects in Alberta to achieve operation.

Located approximately 20 km northeast of Provost, Alberta, Bull Creek’s 17 General Electric wind turbines have a combined nameplate capacity of 29.2 megawatts, which provide enough clean, renewable energy to power 10,000 average Alberta homes. The power generated by Bull Creek has the potential to offset approximately 80,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.

“With some of the best renewable resources in Canada, Alberta is incredibly well positioned for growth in clean energy projects,” said Grant Arnold, BluEarth’s President and CEO. “I am proud of the innovation and passion demonstrated by our team and local community members in executing this project, and in bringing greater diversity to the local economy. We’d like to sincerely thank the communities surrounding Bull Creek for their support over the past years.”

Bull Creek is expected to inject more than $15 million into the local economy over its life span. In addition, more than 60,000 hours of employment went into the construction of the facility, which also generated considerable local investment.

“I commend BluEarth Renewables for creating good jobs in Alberta, seeing this project through, and helping power our province,” said Marg McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy for the Province of Alberta. “Our government’s Climate Leadership Plan will see Alberta transition to up to 30 per cent renewable power generation by 2030. The good work of Alberta-based companies like BluEarth, along with investment from companies around the world who develop renewable energy, will be critical in helping Alberta’s reliable power-grid become greener and healthier.”

“New wind energy developments, like Bull Creek, help Alberta to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and clean the air while also producing significant new investment and jobs,” said Robert Hornung, President, Canadian Wind Energy Association. “The Alberta Government’s new Climate Leadership Plan is positioned to build on the success of projects like this one by dramatically expanding the contribution of clean, reliable, and cost-effective renewable energy in the province’s electricity supply mix for the benefit of Alberta and Albertans.”

Electricity from Bull Creek will be sold to a number of Alberta’s school boards through agreements reached with assistance from the Alberta Schools Commodities Purchasing Consortium (“CPC”). The CPC ran a competitive process to select a renewable power developer to provide members with an option for a long-term, affordable source of renewable energy. BluEarth was selected as the partner to develop a project to meet their requirements.

“Wind power enables participating school boards to take advantage of the long-term predictable cost of wind energy, with no future fuel-price risk,” said Francois Gagnon, Chair of the CPC. “In addition, it limits our exposure to potential increases in costs associated with greenhouse gas pollution from traditional sources of energy production.”

About BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Headquartered in Calgary, BluEarth is a private, independent renewable power producer, focused on the acquisition, development, construction, and operation of wind, water, and solar projects, with a focus on Canada. With the most experienced renewable energy development team in Canada, BluEarth’s mission is to be the renewable energy leader by developing, building, and operating a portfolio that optimizes people, planet, and profit. BluEarth believes it has The Power to Change the FutureTM by demonstrating how to be sustainable and profitable, leaving the world a better place. For more information, visit www.bluearth.ca or follow us on twitter @BERenewables.

Kimberly Gray
Communications Specialist
BluEarth Renewables Inc.
(403) 668-1575 x422
kimberly@bluearth.ca

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Bull Creek: Turbine Component Delivery

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Turbine components for the Bull Creek Wind Project will continue to be transported in September. When components are delivered, roads will remain open; however, there may be additional traffic and delays on Range Road 14, Range Road 13, Township Road 410, and Range Road 11. The turbine components will have pilot vehicles and the local roads will have traffic management measures in place, such as flag people.

BluEarth endeavours to minimize delays and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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Bull Creek: BluEarth Kicks off Construction

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On June 12, 2015, BluEarth announced that it closed debt financing for the Bull Creek Wind Power Project and kicked off construction.

“We are excited to be moving forward with our first renewable power project in our home province. Bull Creek is expected to inject more than $15 million into the local economy over its life; in addition, there will be more than 50,000 person-hours of direct employment during construction as well as indirect benefits to local suppliers,” said Kent Brown, BluEarth’s President & CEO.

Read the press release.

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Bull Creek: Amendment Approved

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BluEarth’s amendment application for the Bull Creek Wind Project has been approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission. View the Amendment Approval.

BluEarth hosted an open house on April 16, 2015 to discuss the upcoming construction of the Bull Creek Wind Project with the local community.  If you were unable to attend, the poster boards are available in project documents section of the website.  In addition, check out the April 2015 project newsletter for an update on the next steps in the project as we move forward with construction.

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Bull Creek: Construction Open House

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Do you have questions about the upcoming Bull Creek Wind Project construction? Join us at our open house.

Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (drop-in)
Location: Provost Recreation and Culture Centre (Hall B)

An open house for local service providers will also be held on April 17th. Further details will be provided by our construction contractor in advance of the event.

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Bull Creek Wind Project Update: November 2014

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AUC Amendment Filing

Design changes to the Bull Creek Wind Project were recently brought forward to the community and other stakeholders to optimize the project design, mitigate against potential interconnection delays and align the project with the power purchase agreements that are in place. A summary of these changes is provided below:

  • Change of wind turbine model from GE 2.5-103 to GE 1.7-103
  • Reduction in the overall number of wind turbines from 46, to up to 17
  • Reduction in total installed capacity from 115 MW to up to 29.2 MW
  • Interconnection to the local electrical distribution system rather than the electrical transmission system

BluEarth decided to move forward with the changes and filed an amendment with the Alberta Utilities Commission on November 18, 2014. To view the amendment application, visit AUC.ab.ca. As always, we are available if you have any questions or comments at 1-844-214-2578 or BullCreekWind@bluearth.ca.

Newsletter

The Bull Creek Wind Project newsletter was mailed to project stakeholders in November. The newsletter provides a project update, as well as some information on the recent Health Canada study on health impacts of wind turbine noise.

October 2014

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Public & Stakeholder Consultation

On October 22 and 23, 2014 BluEarth hosted open houses in Provost and Chauvin to discuss possible changes to the project design. If the changes proposed are pursued, the Bull Creek Wind Project would consist of up to 17 wind turbine generators, an electrical collector system, distribution-level interconnection, a meteorological tower, and a fibre optic communications line. The Project will be entirely located in the Municipal District of Provost, approximately 20 km northeast of Provost and 60 km southeast of Wainwright, Alberta, near the Saskatchewan border. It is possible the operations and maintenance building will be located in the Municipal District of Wainwright.

The 17 wind turbine generators proposed would be constructed in locations already studied and approved under the existing AUC Permit & License. In general, the approved turbine locations that would not be used under a smaller project scenario would be those on the western and northern portions of the project area. Because of the reduced size of the Project, the overall potential impacts would be reduced compared to what has already been approved by the AUC.
BluEarth has posted the poster boards from the open houses as well as a letter that was recently circulated to landowners and interested parties in the Project Documents page of the Bull Creek Wind Project site. Please note: there was an error on the voltage listed on the open house poster boards. The voltage should be 24.94 kV not 29.54 kV.

Your feedback is very important to us as we work to finalize project details. Should you have any questions or comments about the design changes, please feel free to contact 1-844-214-2578 or bullcreekwind@bluearth.ca on or before November 6, 2014 for inclusion in the amendment filing.

October 2014

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NOTE: BluEarth recently sent out a letter notifying project stakeholders about the open house and the project changes being considered. There was an issue with the address labels and a new mail out was done on Monday, October 6, 2014. If you received a letter from BluEarth with the wrong contact information, please disregard. A new version with the correct information should be arriving shortly.

Project Information Meetings

On February 20, 2014 the Alberta Utilities Commission approved the Bull Creek Wind Project approximately 20 km northeast of Provost, AB. Since the approval, BluEarth Renewables Inc. has been reviewing the project design to enable us to move forward with construction.

Revisions to the design being considered include:

  • Reducing the number of turbines from up to 46 to up to 17 sited at locations already authorized in the existing AUC approval
  • Interconnecting the wind project to the distribution system instead of the transmission system, eliminating the need for a dedicated substation
  • Changing the wind turbine model

BluEarth is committed to an ongoing dialog with our project stakeholders and will be holding project information meetings to update and consult with the community on changes being considered.

Provost, Alberta
Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm (drop-in)
Location: Provost Recreation & Culture Centre
5113 – 43 Street

Chauvin, Alberta
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2014
Time: 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm (drop-in)
Location: Chauvin Elks Hall
2nd Street North

For more information:
bullcreekwind@bluearth.ca
1-844-214-2578

   

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