The proposed Forty Mile Wind Power Project is located in south-eastern Alberta, on approximately 50,000 acres of private land, south and east of the Town of Bow Island and in the County of Forty Mile. The project is proposed to be 400 megawatts (MW) consisting of 96 wind turbines.
The proposed project will consist of wind turbines, meteorological tower(s), an electrical collection system(s), turbine access roads, and temporary construction facilities. The project will deliver generated electricity to the grid via two (2) proposed substations (Granlea substation and Maleb substation) which will both have separate connections to the existing 240 kiloVolts (kV) transmission line within the project area.
The proposed Forty Mile Wind Power Project is located on privately owned land located in the County of Forty Mile, approximately 60 kilometres from the City of Medicine Hat. The proposed project area is approximately 13 kilometres from the Town of Bow Island, Alberta.
The figure below identifies the location of the project and the area that has been studied. Click the map to download a larger image (PDF, 1 pp., 541 KB).
Suncor is evaluating opportunities to advance the development of the project through the Alberta Electricity System Operator’s (AESO) Renewable Electricity Program (REP) and/or under different market mechanisms.
The project schedule could look like the following:
|AUC application submission||
|Site mobilization (construction start)||June
|Scheduled Granlea phase in commercial operations||December
|Scheduled Maleb phase in commercial operations||December
Wind turbines work on the same principle that allows airplanes to fly. The wind doesn’t push the blades, but passes over them. The resulting pressure difference between the upper and lower surfaces creates lift, which causes the rotor to turn.
As the blades of a wind turbine turn, the kinetic energy of the wind is converted into mechanical energy, which is transmitted through a drive shaft to an electrical generator in the nacelle. The resulting electrical current travels via a network of collection system wires to a substation, where it is converted to a higher voltage for the larger electricity transmission or distribution grid. From there, it’s delivered to the electric utility and customers.
- Engage early with local stakeholders and community members to understand their concerns, interests and values, minimize impacts, and identify opportunities for mutual benefit;
- Develop long-term positive relationships and presence in the communities; and
- Be responsive to community concerns in a way that fosters constructive dialogue, trust and mutual respect.
Since early 2016, Suncor has been engaging with community members in and around Forty Mile County. We’ve hosted a Community Meet and Greet and Open House, met with County Council, supported and attended HALO Fundraisers, met with our project landowners, participated in the Bow Island/Burdette & District Chamber of Commerce Trade Show, and donated to the solarium project at the Bow Island Library and the Bow Island Health Foundation.
We want to engage early so that we can learn about the community, and share information about the proposed project concept.
We want to understand the community’s values, priorities, needs and concerns at all stages of project planning, so we can better reflect these community interests in the proposed project.
Forty Mile Project information update – June, 2018
Forty Mile Project information update – March, 2018
Forty Mile Project information update – January, 2018
Forty Mile Project information update – August, 2017
As part of the project process, Suncor will complete a variety of studies that can include, but are not limited to:
- Historical Resource studies
- Noise modeling and verification
- Visual impact assessments
- Wetland and watercourse assessments
- Wildlife and wildlife habitat studies
Suncor will consult with local stakeholders to identify potential environmental impacts and potential mitigation measures. The final project development plan will reflect input provided by landowners, community members, regulators and local Aboriginal communities and take into account all relevant environmental factors.
Key factors of being a sustainable energy company include strong economic performance, along with social responsibility and environmental stewardship. Suncor’s investment in the Forty Mile Wind Power Project will benefit the economy, people and nearby communities through:
- Creating jobs (construction and operations)
- Promoting economic growth and contracting opportunities
- Increasing the community's tax base
- Investing in programs and initiatives that support resilient and sustainable communities