By Jamie Rieger
County of Forty Mile council received an update on the proposed Red Rock Wind power project at their July 26 council meeting.
The project, located on private land south of Seven Persons, in the County of Forty Mile and is designed to produce up to 250 MW, enough to power up to 75,000 homes. The project would be located on 11,400 acres.
Development manager for EDF Energies, David Warner, told council the company plans on burying the collection system for the project.
“This way, it is lower maintenance for us and easier for the landowner,” said Warner.
The turbines would be linked to the project collection substation by the underground collection system. And then interconnected to the 240 kV AltaLink transmission system.
“There is a good wind source, there is minimal environmental impact, and it is in close proximity to transmission lines. Right now, we are trying to participate in the first round of approvals,” he added.
Reeve Bryne Lengyel questioned whether EDF would be still interested in doing the project if they don’t make it through the first round of approvals.
We would be interested regardless. Alberta is the only government that is open to doing this because of de-regulation. all others are regulated,” said Warner.