The proposed Suncor 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 developed in two phases for a total of 400 megawatts (MW) and consisting of 89 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 Suncor 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., 2.9 MB).
The project schedule could look like the following:
|AUC application submission||
|AUC initial approval||May
|AUC amendment submission||September
|AUC amendment approval||December
|Granlea phase in commercial operations||December
|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 interested Indigenous groups, local stakeholders and community organizations to understand their concerns, interests and values, minimize adverse impacts and identify opportunities for mutual benefits.
- Develop long-term positive relationships and presence in the communities.
- 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. The project team has hosted open house information events, consulted with our project landowners, consulted with County Council and supported and attended a variety of community organizations’ events.
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 – August, 2019
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 Indigenous 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 Suncor 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