ENMAX Generation Portfolio Inc. (ENMAX) is proposing to construct up to a 200 MW wind farm southeast of Taber. The Zephyr Wind Farm development would be located southeast of the Town of Taber south of Hwy 513.
ENMAX's project boundary encompasses privately owned agricultural land which is cultivated and contains oil and gas development. Environmental studies including migratory birds and bats as well as noise have commenced. In selecting the project boundary, wind speed, environment, setbacks, land availability and constraints were considered to identify potential turbine locations.
The project would consist of the installation of 50 – 70 turbines depending on turbine selection with hub heights of approximately 90 - 135 metres. It would also include the construction of a new collector system to gather energy generated by the turbines which is then channeled to a new substation.
Once constructed, the project then connects to the existing Alberta Interconnected Electricity System through a new transmission line which will be addressed in a separate application process and stakeholder engagement.
A Phase One application will be filed with the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) with preliminary details on proposed turbine layouts and the project boundary. In Phase Two, ENMAX will proceed with final selection of wind turbines, turbine layout, continued environmental studies and detailed engineering. Stakeholders will be engaged throughout this process to gather feedback and comments.
The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) issued a decision report and approval for the Zephyr Wind Farm Phase I Buildable Area application on September 5, 2017. Unless otherwise specified by the Commission, EGPI has until August 31, 2020 to file a Phase II Facility Application for the project.
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