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Seeking views on Alberta 120 MW

Community consultations have started for Vision Quest Windelectric's planned Summerview Wind Farm in Alberta province, to consist of 65-75 turbines with a combined capacity of 100-120 MW. Right now, Vision Quest has a single Vestas V80 1.8 MW exploratory turbine up on the 5000 acre site, but the company's Jason Edworthy says no decision has been made about which turbine it will use. The company hopes to complete the permitting process for Summerview and begin installing turbines before winter, he says. Vision Quest has customers, who Edworthy would not name, for a portion of the power. Completion of the project will depend not only on finding customers for the rest of the output, but also on the availability of transmission coming out of the congested southwest. Although Alberta's energy minister has proposed a transmission policy that promises to build new capacity where needed and have consumers pay for it (Windpower Monthly, July 2003), construction of new lines out of the Pincher Creek area could take 18-24 months to complete.

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