The Wheatland Wind Project (WWP) began development in 2007. It is located thirty kilometres southeast of the Town of Drumheller. The WWP received an Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) approval for the 122.4 megawatt (MW) wind power plant and a permit and licence for the substation from the AUC in September 2018. Construction of the WWP will involve the installation of twenty-four (24) Siemens Gamesa 5.0 MW wind turbines, an underground collection system, access roads and the construction of a new collector substation (the Badlands Substation), an Operations and Maintenance building, and temporary laydown areas. The WWP will connect to Alberta’s electrical grid through an existing 138kV transmission line located within the project area, which is owned by ATCO Electric Ltd. Commercial operation of the WWP is anticipated to begin in Q4 of 2022. This map shows the details and locations of the project infrastructure.
Construction activities are ongoing at the WWP, and the project team has been working hard to complete construction before the end of the year 2022. As of August 2022, we have completed all construction of the access roads and turbine foundations, and the Badland Substation was successfully energized. All the turbine components have also been delivered onsite so the majority of the increased truck traffic on the road should now subsite.
Nine turbines were erected as of mid-August and turbine erection will continue into October. We anticipate the first turbine to start operating later this fall and the entire project fully operational by the end of the year. Reclamation of the WWP site will begin later this fall and our team will aim to do as much as possible in 2022 dependent on winter weather conditions. We will complete all reclamation activities by end of summer 2023.
WWLP continues to engage local landowners and stakeholders throughout the WWP’s construction in a way that respects community members’ needs. As the WWP transitions into operation, we will provide additional information and update our contact information.
If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the current construction activities, schedule or timeline, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For any emergency related to the constructed areas, please contact our Construction Manager, Silvio Martinez: 647-823-9012 or email@example.com. Alternatively, you can contact our Project Manager, Keaton Lever, as well for any construction emergencies: 647-248-7946 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wheatland Wind Project Communications
February 2017 Newsletter
(*Updated AESO REP Award Date)
Badlands Substation has been successfully energized and all turbine components have been delivered. Nine turbine have been erected as of mid-August and turbine installation will continue into October. The first turbine is anticipated to start operating this fall. Construction of the WWP is still on track to be complete by December 2022.
Construction work has restarted at the WWP and Badlands Substation for 2022. Delivery and erection of turbines are scheduled to start in June 2022 and the Badlands Substation will be constructed by June 2022. Construction of the WWP is on track to be complete by December 2022.
Construction concluded at the WWP for this year and planned civil and turbine site construction for 2021 were successfully completed. Construction will commence again in March 2022.
Construction began at the WWP. The first open house was hosted virtually on October 13, 2021, and the local community was updated with information on construction activities, schedule and timeline. The next open house is planned for the early summer of 2022.
On September 8, 2021, the Engineering, Procurement and Contracting (EPC) of the WWP hosted a vendor open house and job fair in Drumheller. The EPC, Skyflo, was recruiting local contractors, businesses and individuals whose services related to the construction of the wind project, and networked with local trades, supplier and workers to foster mutual beneficial relationships.
WWLP submitted an update to Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) outlining the various changes made to the project, including turbine manufacturer and model, and revisions to the project layout. The Spring 2021 newsletter was also disseminated to the local community.
WWLP evaluated power purchase opportunities and turbine technology updates for the WWP. Consultation on the project continued through 2020.
The AUC granted approval to construct, own, and operate the WWP and the Badlands 981S Substation.
WWLP submitted amendments to the original application with an updated project layout.
WWLP submitted applications to the AUC to construct, own, and operate the power plant, substation, and interconnection infrastructure.
Potentia Renewables Inc. entered into a partnership with Greengate Power Corporation for the Wheatland Wind Project.
Wheatland Wind Project LP (WWLP) and Wheatland Wind Project Ltd. are special purpose entities controlled by Potentia Renewables for the Wheatland Wind Project.
Potentia Renewables Inc. is a fully integrated developer, owner, and operator of renewable energy assets. It is owned by Power Sustainable Corporation, a subsidiary of Power Corporation Canada (TSX: POW). With operations in Canada, the US, and Latin America, Potentia has recently been awarded four large, contracted wind assets in Western Canada. Potentia’s construction plans for these sites represent more than 625 MW of wind power to come online over the next two years