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. Updates were provided to the AUC in 2021 and details of the changes are outlined in the latest newsletter for Spring 2021.
Construction of the WWP will involve the installation of twenty-four (24) Siemens 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 map attached to the latest newsletter shows the details and locations of the project infrastructure. 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.
WWLP has engaged local landowners and stakeholders throughout the WWP’s construction process, and we will continue to do so in a way that respects community member’s needs. We’ve recently hosted the first virtual open house on October 13, 2021. The open house presentation is available here, which includes information on the project team, construction activities, construction schedule and timeline, as well as additional information on the Community Liaison Committee (CLC). We are still looking for applicable individuals and/or local organization to join the CLC, if you are interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Timing of the next open house will be announced on the website and posted in the local newspaper once it has been decided.
Construction began at the WWP this fall and will continue until 2023. If you have any questions or inquiries regarding the current construction activities, schedule or timeline, please send us an email at email@example.com. For emergency construction issues, you can contact our Construction Manager, Juergen Kraus, at 204-941-9938.
Wheatland Wind Project Presentations
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. We are still looking for interested individuals or organizations to join the Community Liaison Committee (CLC) for the WWP and the deadline for applications have been extended to October 31, 2021.
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) is a partnership between Potentia Renewables and Greengate Power Corporation.
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
Greengate Power Corporation is a leading renewable energy company based in Calgary, Alberta. To date, Greengate has successfully developed over $1.6 billion of operating / in-construction wind and solar projects in Alberta, capable of powering more than 350,000 homes.