Alberta Newspaper Group
A plan to connect a pair of substations in Forty Mile has been put on hold after the connection project was left out of the province’s latest Renewable Electricity Program procurement.
Initially, Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) had requested a connection from its proposed Forty Mile Wind Power Substation to AltaLink’s existing Whitla Substation. As part of the project, AltaLink would have built roughly 25 kilometres of transmission line.
“It’s only the connection project that has been cancelled,” says RES Canada local land agent Ron Galbraith. “So that part of the project has been put on hold, but once there is an opportunity to commercialize the project, then we would re-engage with AltaLink.”
The connection cancellation was made official in February, and all affected landowners have since been notified. RES Canada has informed AltaLink that a new connection request would be submitted at a future date once the opportunity resurfaces.
“This is not a scenario where we are abandoning landowners,” Galbraith stressed. ‘We’ve sent them all letters assuring them that they’ll get their payments and that we are going to continue to try to commercialize that project.”
RES Canada is continuing its work to support local community needs, and has recently made another donation to the Bow Island Health Foundation.
For the fourth straight year, RES Canada has made a $5,000 contribution to the foundation. There are two years remaining on the commitment, one Galbraith says his company is quite proud to be able to do.
“We’re excited to continue with (local) commitments like these,” he said. “We’re here to stay. We’re not going anywhere.”