Wind Energy Plants in Canada - Alberta
Blackspring Ridge
Location: AB
Operator: EDF EN Canada
Configuration: 166 X 1.8-MW V100
Operation: 2014
WTG supplier: Vestas
EPC: Mortenson
Quick facts: In Apr 2013, Enbridge and EDF EN Canada jointly signed a purchase agreement for this WPP in Vulcan County, 50km north of Lethbridge. The C$600mn project went commercial ahead of schedule on 12 May 2014 as the largest wind park in western Canada.

Photograph courtesy of Enbridge Inc
Posted 20 Jan 2016

Castle River
Location: AB
Operator: Vision Quest Windelectric
Configuration: 58 X 660 kW V44
Operation: 1997-2001
WTG supplier: Vestas
Quick facts: At completion, this was the second largest wind plant in Canada.

Photograph courtesy of Vestas Wind Energy A/S
Posted 7 Aug 2002

Cowley Ridge
Location: AB
Operator: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Configuration: 57 X 375-kW KVS-33M turbines
Operation: 1993-1994 (ret)
WTG supplier: Kenetech
Quick facts: Cowley Ridge was the first commercial wind plant in Canada. The 33m diameter turbines were mounted on 24.5m lattice towers. The plant was closed in Apr 2016.

Photograph courtesy of Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Posted 20 Oct 2007

Cowley Ridge North
Location: AB
Operator: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc
Configuration: 20 X 1.3 MW N60
Operation: 2001
WTG supplier: Nordex
Quick facts: These were the most powerful wind turbines in Canada at completion.

Photograph courtesy of Nordex
Posted 16 Nov 2003

Magrath
Location: AB
Operator: EHN Wind Power Canada
Configuration: 20 X 1.5 MW
Operation: 2004
WTG supplier: GE Wind Energy
Quick facts: This $48mn project was built an equal partnership between Suncor Energy Inc, EHN Wind Power Canada Inc, and Enbridge Inc. One third of the output is used for Enbrige's pipeline operations with the balance sold into the grid.

Photograph courtesy of Accciona Energia
Posted 8 Feb 2006

McBride Lake
Location: AB
Owner: TransAlta Wind
Configuration: 115 X 660-kW V47
Operation: 2002-2003
WTG supplier: Vestas
Quick facts: This $100mn project in southern Alberta is a 50:50 joint venture of TransAlta and ENMAX. Construction began in Nov 2002 and the first machines went online around the end of the year. Annual output is about 235 GWh. ENMAX Energy purchases the entire plant output.

Photograph courtesy of ENMAX
Posted 6 Jun 2007

   
Taber
Location: AB
Owner: TransAlta Wind
Configuration: 37 X 2-MW E70
Operation: 2007
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Hatch
Quick facts: Construction began in May 2006. These were some of the first large Enercon machines in N America. The project cost about $140mn and has a 20yr supply agreement with the City of Calgary.

Photograph courtesy of ENMAX
Posted 6 Jun 2007

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 16-Mar-2016

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