Ella Hager of Provostand formerly of north Hayter district marked her 100th birthday party on Monday afternoon, September 27. She was greeted by members of the Provost United Church, other residents of Continuing Care in the Provost Health Centre and friends and visitors. At left is Marie Ganser and Penny Hawken who prepare some old time musicincluding square dance to play for the honoured guest. ©Provost News Photo.
|2nd Firm Investigates Wind Power
Another energy firm is expressing interest in generating electricity in the Provost area with wind turbines and is doing some preliminary investigating.
TransCanada of Calgary is assessing the wind resource here and has installed a test tower to record the wind speeds and duration over a long period of time.
Cecily Dobson, TransCanada spokesperson told The Provost News that “We are in the very early stage of assessment and it will be several years before we are in a position to make the decision to move forward on the development of a project.”
The potential project has been registered with the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) because it is part of the administrative requirement in the early phase for new electrical generation in Alberta.
TransCanada joins another firm, Windlab Developments Canada Ltd. who is interested in generating power from wind turbines in the area. That firm hosted an open house in Provost on July 20 and could build and operate as many as 72 wind turbines. Their proposed wind energy cluster named the Bull Creek Wind Project would be approximately 20 km northeast of Provost and 15 km south of Chauvin.
Test towers were installed by Windlab last fall to gauge the volume, strength and flow of windand the firm reported results favourable for the Provost area (see PN?July 28).
The turbines have a value of several million dollars each.
TransCanada’s website states that its diversified power portfolio includes natural gas, nuclear, coal, hydro and wind generation primarily located in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the northeastern United States. TransCanada owns, controls or is developing more than 11,700 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada also conducts wholesale and retail electricity marketing and trading in Alberta, Ontario and the northeast U.S.
Complete story in September 29 edition of The Provost News.
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