June 3rd 2014

EDF, Enbridge commission Blackspring Ridge wind project in Alberta

windturbines Vulcan CountyEBR Staff Writer: Published 02 June 2014

EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and Enbridge have commissioned the 300MW Blackspring Ridge wind project in Alberta, Canada, ahead of schedule.

Located in Vulcan County, Alberta, the Blackspring Ridge project construction began in May 2013 and comprises 166 Vestas V100-1.8MW wind turbines.

The project created more than 350 jobs during the construction phase with 20 permanent operations and maintenance jobs.

EDF EN Canada engineering and construction Vice President Benoit Rigal said that EDF EN Canada has completed commissioning of our first joint wind project in Western Canada along with partner Enbridge and started the delivery of clean, renewable energy to the grid.

“Bringing all 300 megawatts of the Blackspring Ridge project to completion safely and ahead of schedule is a result of outstanding efforts by Mortenson, Vestas, Altalink, and our team who worked hand in hand to overcome many challenges, including an aggressive delivery schedule,” Rigal added.

As part of a 20-year purchase agreement, the project will generate Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for Pacific Gas and Electric.
The electricity generated form the project will be sold into the Alberta power pool.

EDF EN Canada Development vice president Cory Basil said, “The project demonstrates the versatility of the EDF EN team and our ability to deliver complex projects on time and on budget.”

In addition to providing provide substantial economic benefits to rural Alberta through jobs, the project increases tax revenues and will supply enough clean energy to serve approximately 140,000 homes with positive impact on Alberta’s environment.


Image: EDF EN Canada commissions the Blackspring Ridge wind project. Photo: courtesy of dan/Freedigitalphotos.net.