On December 31, 2009 the Alberta Utilities Commission ("AUC") gave Greengate Power Corporation ("Greengate") approval to construct and operate its Halkirk I Wind Project pursuant to Section 11 of the Alberta Hydro and Electric Act. Greengate is expecting to begin construction on the project later this year, with a target commercial operation date of Q1 2011.
Following Greengate's application requesting approval from the AUC for the Halkirk I Wind Project at the end of February 2009, the AUC conducted an extensive review of the project's participant involvement program, environmental impact assessment, potential visual and noise impacts, proposed gathering system routing, potential impacts on pipelines, and other pre-requisite project approvals. Ultimately, the AUC was satisfied that approval of the project is in the public interest and that the project complies with all regulatory requirements.
Upon completion, the Halkirk I Wind Project will be Alberta's largest operating wind energy project with a total generating capacity of 150 MW. The project is located in Central Alberta in the County of Paintearth near the Village of Halkirk, approximately 275 km northeast of Calgary.
The Halkirk I Wind Project will provide substantial economic benefits to rural Alberta in the form of new jobs, increased tax revenues and royalties for landowners. The project will also have a significant positive impact on Alberta's environmental performance by supplying a clean source of electricity for approximately 50,000 homes, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 300,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to removing 60,000 cars from Alberta's roads.
Greengate Power Corporation is a privately held renewable energy project developer based in Calgary, Alberta. Focused on the development of quality wind energy projects in Alberta with access to existing transmission, Greengate is currently developing 1,550 MW of wind energy projects on approximately 200,000 acres of private land.