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Blackspring Ridge

Installed power: 300 MW
Total investment: Approx. $600 million
Number of turbines: 166
Construction Completion Date: Q2 2014

The 300 MW Blackspring Ridge project, located in Vulcan County, Alberta (50 km north of Lethbridge), is comprised of 166 Vestas V100-1.8 MW wind turbines. EDF EN Canada managed the construction of the project under a fixed price engineering, procurement and construction contract with Mortenson Construction. Construction began in May 2013, and was completed in May 2014. As a result of the partnership agreements concluded in 2013, EDF EN Canada and Enbridge became co-owners of Blackspring Ridge. Enbridge now holds 50 percent interest in the project while EDF EN Canada maintains a 50 percent ownership position.

With an investment of about $600 million, the project represents the largest investment in wind energy in Western Canada. More than 350 jobs were created during the construction phase with 20 permanent operations and maintenance jobs. Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) generated from the project are contracted to Pacific Gas and Electric under 20-year purchase agreement. The electricity is sold into the Alberta power pool with pricing substantially fixed through mid- and long-term contracts.

As Manager of the Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, EDF EN Canada Development is committed to working with all stakeholders during the development, construction and operation phases of the project. With that commitment in mind, we have established the Blackspring Ridge Liaison Committee, which includes representation from Vulcan County, the Town of Vulcan, the Village of Carmangay, the Vulcan Business Development Office, Provincial representatives and several landowners.

The objectives of the committee are to:

  • Continue effective communication between all stakeholders and the developer;
  • Understand issues related to the operation of the wind farm;
  • Recommend satisfactory solutions to stakeholders;
  • Identify potential opportunities for local business and service.

Since 2014, EDF EN Canada Development, Enbridge and Vestas have partnered to institute a five-year community funding program. We believe being responsible in business also means being responsible to the community that hosts our project. By taking positive action in the community and environment, through the financial support of community driven organizations, together we can make life better.

2017 Community Project Fund

Please click here to access the  Application and the Application Guide

2016 Community Project Fund

The Blackspring Ridge Community Project Funding program is pleased to have given back to the following organizations for 2016:

  • Prairie Tractor & Engine Museum Society
  • Carmangay & District Historical Society
  • Carmangay Curling Association
  • Vulcan Prairieview Elementary School Council
  • Public School Betterment Society of Picture Butte
  • Carmangay & District Fire Protection Association
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch #21
  • Vulcan County Health and Wellness Foundation
  • Vulcan Health Care Auxiliary
  • Village of Champion Library Board

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Please contact us with any questions or comments you may have:

Address: 220036 TWP Rd 140, Vulcan County, Alberta T0L 2B0
Phone: 403-671-4000
Email: blackspringridge@edf-en.ca