Fox Meadows Wind

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The Fox Meadows Wind Project (Fox Meadows/the Project) is a 165 MW wind project proposed by ABO Wind Canada Ltd. (ABO Wind).

Fox Meadows would provide a cost-effective source of enough clean energy for approximately 65,000 homes and will contribute to Alberta’s legislated target of 30% renewable energy electricity generation by 2030.

The Project would displace approximately 300,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually, which amounts to 7.5 million tonnes of CO2 over 25 years. The Project area was selected due to favourable wind speeds, land topography, grid capacity and supportive landowners. A meteorological tower was erected in the summer of 2022 to confirm the wind resource in the region.

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July 2022: Launching our Fox Meadows website

On July 15, 2022 our new website Fox Meadows Wind went live. We are happy to answer your questions and hear your feedback!

 

Project information

The proposed 165 MW Fox Meadows Project is located on privately-owned land between the Town of Provost and the Village of Edgerton, west of Highway 899 (see brochure map). The Project would comprise of 20 to 25 turbines, each with an expected nameplate capacity of 6.2 to 7.2 MW, a hub height between 100 to 120 metres and a blade length between 80-90 metres.

The Project Area (‘Proposed Turbine Development Area’ on the Brochure map) covers approximately 10,000 acres, divided between the County of Provost No. 52 and the County of Wainwright No. 61. The actual disturbed land footprint for turbines, collector line system and access roads are approximately 500 acres. The location of the turbines within the Project is still to be determined and is influenced by many factors including environmental constraints, stakeholder feedback, setback requirements and proximity to an existing transmission line. As more information becomes available, we will provide forecasted turbine locations in future public materials.

Site Location

Fox Meadows Wind

 

Visualizations

Visual Simulations will be prepared this year to demonstrate how the Project will appear on the landscape from various viewpoints.

 

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Preliminary Schedule

Activity Timeline
Public Notification and Project Information Package 1 July 2022
Open House in Edgerton August 10, 2022
Environmental Field Studies Spring 2022 to Fall 2022
Renewable Energy Project Submission Report submitted to Alberta Environment and Parks Q1 2023
AUC Application Submission Q3 2023
AUC Review and Approval Q3 2023 – Q2 2024
Start of Construction Q4 2024
Commencement of Operation Q4 2025
Schedule is preliminary and is subject to change

 

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Community Benefits

Project Consultation

The consultation process is guided by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), Rule 007. ABO commits to forthright and meaningful communication that is timely and respectful. Through the ongoing provision of project information, we aim to incite discussion with interested parties and commit to the thoughtful consideration of feedback into our project planning in order to mitigate and avoid impact. Consultation will continue throughout the life of the Project. All correspondence related to the project will be recorded and submitted as part of the Participation Involvement Program for the AUC Application. If you have questions about the Regulatory and Consultation Process, you can contact the AUC at 403-592-4500 or info@auc.ab.ca or visit their website at www.auc.ab.ca

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the proposed site for Fox Meadows?

The proposed 165 MW Fox Meadows Project is located on privately-owned land between the Town of Provost and the Village of Edgerton.

Who is developing the site?

ABO Wind was founded in 1996 and is now a leading developer of renewable energy projects. ABO Wind opened its Canadian headquarters in Calgary in 2017 and focuses on developing wind, solar, energy storage, and green hydrogen projects throughout Canada. The ABO Wind Canada team is supported by over 900 technical experts from across the globe. For more information, please visit: www.abo-wind.com.

At what stage is the Project?

Fox Meadows is at a preliminary stage. We have performed desktop studies, some field studies and are currently verifying the wind. The first notification to the public went out in July 2022.

How much power will the Project generate?

The Project is planned to produce approximately 165 megawatts of electricity from as many as 25 turbines, depending on technology. This is enough electricity for more than 65,000 homes.

What is the timing for construction?

At this time, construction is forecast for the fall of 2024. This is a preliminary construction date and can be influenced by a number of factors that include; the regulatory process, stakeholder feedback, the material supply chain and unforeseen events.

What is the consultation process?

The consultation process is guided primarily by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), Rule 007. ABO commits to forthright and meaningful communication that is timely and respectful. Through the ongoing provision of project information, we aim to incite discussion with interested parties and commit to the thoughtful consideration of feedback into our project planning in order to mitigate and avoid impact. Consultation will continue throughout the life of the Project. All correspondence related to the project will be recorded and submitted as part of the Participation Involvement Program for the AUC Application.

Updates will be provided based on the determination of new, relevant information that is essential for stakeholders to understand the Project.

How loud will the Project be?

The Project will have sound-generating infrastructure, which include the wind turbines, substation and potential energy storage. ABO will conduct a third-party noise impact assessment as per Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) Rule 012: Noise Control guidelines to ensure sound generated from the Project will be below required levels.

Will the community benefit from the Fox Meadows Wind Project?

A community benefit fund will be created to support local organizations and initiatives.

The municipalities of Wainwright and Provost will receive a substantial amount in property taxes from the Project each year.

The Project will create short-term and long-term jobs and contracts for site clearing, road building, electrical, construction and concrete work. In addition, the Project will need regular maintenance throughout its operational life.

Who owns the land at the site?

The Project proposed will be entirely on privately-owned land.

Will the wind farm have an impact on human health?

We respect that some individuals may have concerns regarding health. The Project will be designed to meet or exceed all provincial regulations and guidelines currently in place to protect human health.

Health Canada with Statistics Canada and other external experts conducted a Community Noise and Health Study. The results released in 2014 indicated that wind turbine noise was not linked to self-reported medical illnesses and health conditions. For more information and other studies, https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/your-health/.

Will it affect birds and other wildlife?

As part of the regulatory approval process, a comprehensive environmental study is being undertaken by a third-party consultant that will assess wildlife in the area following the Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) Wildlife Directive. Results from the studies will be inputted into the design of the Project and shared to AEP for review.

Why build more renewable low-carbon energy?

The Province of Alberta has committed to have 30% renewable energy electricity generation by 2030. The province also supports the Canadian government’s goal to achieve a net-zero-emissions economy by 2050. Renewable Electricity Act, 2020; (Renewable Electricity Act - Open Government (alberta.ca))

What if I have more questions?

Please. send questions and/or concerns to us through the contact form at www.foxmeadowswind.com or contact our Social Impact and Engagement Lead with the number provided below.

 

 

For general information, visit Canadian Renewable Energy Association - Wind. Solar. Storage. (renewablesassociation.ca).


 

What questions do you have about Fox Meadows Wind? Please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Dave Berrade

Social Impact and Engagement Lead

Dave Berrade

Tel. +1 (587) 576-5339
dave.berrade(at)abo-wind.com

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