Rocky Mountain Power and ABO Wind are proposing to build a wind power project in the Lomond area named Buffalo Plains Wind Farm ("project"). The project will be located in the surroundings of Lomond, Alberta. The area is well suited for the development of wind energy. The large, open plains with great wind conditions make it a perfect spot to harness the wind.
The community will benefit from tax revenues, additional income, job opportunities, and a clean energy supply.
The project is in the preliminary community consultation stage of being developed and is expected to be between 200-300MW in size. Buffalo Plains Wind Farm will seek sign off from all necessary entities including Vulcan County, Alberta Environment and Parks, and approval from Alberta Utilities Commission for the project.
November 2018: Info Package Sent Out
On November 27th 2018, the first information package was sent out to all residents of the area.
The info package contained the following documents:
The project is completing the following steps: public consultation, environmental impact assessments, wind resource assessments, layout optimization and preliminary project engineering.
Studies to be completed
Wildlife: Birds, Bats and sensitive species
Vegetation: Habitat mapping and endangered species
Wetlands: Mapping and classification
Noise: Impact assessment
Shadow Flicker: Impact assessment
Historical Resource: Archaeological
The project is located north of Lomond, Alberta in Vulcan County. The project currently sits on approximately 14,000 acres of private cultivated land.
Collector System: The project will utilize a medium voltage power collector system consisting wherever possible of underground cable that link the turbine to the substation.
Access Roads: The project will construct low profile roads for the access to the turbine units. The project may also require upgrades to existing county roads in the area.
Infrastructure: The project will include a substation to step the voltage up from the collector system to the transmission voltage. The project will also house an Operations and Maintenance building for the local maintenance staff.
Number of Turbines
Expected Nameplate Capacity
4-4.5 MW per wind turbine generator
Maxmimum Rotor Diameter
Maximum Blade Tip Height
Proposed Project Area
Medium voltage power collector system consisting wherever possible of underground cable that link the turbine to the substation
Megawatt (MW): A unit of bulk power 1,000 kilowatts
This information is based on preliminary design and is subject to change at the sole discretion of the project developers.
Stakeholder notification and consultation
Environmental Studies (EIS)
First Open House; Enter AESO Connection Queue
Enter into AESO REP
Second Open House; Enter AUC
Start of Construction
Anticipated Commercial Operations Date
Schedule is preliminary and is subject to change
Clean Energy Targets
The proposed wind farm comprising up to 90 wind turbine generators will generate enough to supply a city of 180,000 homes with clean energy. In addition, the wind farm will help Alberta to reduce emissions and creates new jobs. The local government plans to add 5,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in order to reach the target of 30 percent of electricity generation from renewables by 2030.
The project is owned by ABO Wind and by Rocky Mountain Power.
Rocky Mountain Power is a Calgary-based company that has implemented several projects for power transmission and energy storage in Canada. Learn more: www.rockymountainpower.ca
ABO Wind is a German renewable energy pioneer founded in 1996. The Canadian subsidiary focuses on the development of wind energy and photovoltaic projects, and hybrid energy solutions. Learn more: www.abo-wind.ca
Buffalo Plains Wind Farm is committed to open and transparent development with local stakeholders. Currently we are in the process of consulting and notifying all stakeholders within two kilometers of our project boundary. Buffalo Plains will also notify and consult with government officials, industry, local businesses, local jurisdictions and will continue to be active in conversations throughout the course of the project.
A summary of all stakeholder comments will be included in the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) Power plant Application. To learn more about the AUC application and review process please contact the AUC by phone at 780- 427-4903 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can access AUC’s website at www.auc.ab.ca.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How will the area benefit from the wind farm?
Buffalo Plains Wind Farm will contribute to the community:
Creation of up to 300 construction jobs during construction and 12-15 permanent local positions
Supply chain opportunities for local businesses and companies
Contract opportunities during construction and operation including excavation, civil works, snow removal, road maintenance, fencing and reclamation
Increased local spending on goods and services in the neighboring areas
Road use agreements and upgrades to local road infrastructure
Landowner lease payments generate significant tax revenues for the county and town
How much space will the wind farm take up?
The project covers approximately 14,000 acres of private land. As little as one per cent of total acreage is needed for turbines and access roads. The remaining acreage is free for other uses, such as farming or ranching.
How does a wind turbine work?
Modern wind turbines have three components: the tower, the rotor consisting of three blades, and the nacelle. The hub transmits the rotational movement of the rotor blades inside the nacelle, where the generator transforms the kinetic energy into electricity. The electricity is transferred through underground cables to a substation where the voltage is stepped up to transmission level voltage. For a more detailed explanation, see this pdf.
What questions do you have about Buffalo Plains Wind Farm? Please do not hesitate to contact us.