We’re building a new power line to support the Bekevar Wind Facility.
Located north of Moose Mountain Provincial Park, the Bekevar Wind Facility will bring 200 megawatts (MW) of renewable wind energy to the province. Adding this emission-free power to the grid will allow us to power up to 100,000 homes.
To bring the power from the wind facility to our customers, we need to build a new 230 kilovolts (kV) single circuit power line. The new line will be 10 kilometres long and will connect the wind facility to our Kennedy Switching Station.
Why We’re Doing ItThis wind project will help us make cuts to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It’s part of a fuller plan to ensure we can continue to deliver reliable, sustainable, cost-effective power.
Our Progress So Far
We ran an open procurement competition that began in 2019. We chose Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Canada in partnership with Cowessess First Nation to build the wind facility. They’ll build the facility in the rural municipality (RM) of Hazelwood — located north of Moose Mountain Provincial Park. When complete, they’ll own, manage the facility, and sell us the power produced.
Between August and October 2021, we reached out to stakeholders for feedback. We held a landowner meeting from October 26 to 28 in Kipling to:
- share information
- gather comments
- answer questions
Thanks to everyone who shared their comments with us. Using your feedback, and our routing considerations, we were able to determine a preferred route for the new power line.
We’re now engaging impacted landowners for additional feedback on the preferred power line route to help plan structure placement and line construction. The preferred route is marked as a 300-metre wide corridor on the map. This is to allow space for power line structure design. Eventually, it will be reduced to a 40-metre right-of-way.
We expect construction to start in the first quarter of 2023 and finish by fall 2023.
Respecting the Local Environment
We recognize that what we do today impacts our future. As we plan projects we:
- use various tools like databases, satellite imagery and field surveys to understand the environment
- ensure all protection standards are in place
- develop a plan to reduce or avoid impacts to rare and endangered species, habitats, sensitive landscape features or heritage resources
We’ll follow all applicable provincial environment assessment and approval processes.
Benefits to Local Communities
- The new wind facility will add additional 200 MW of renewable energy to our power system and further reduce GHG emissions.
- The new power line will help bring the power to homes and businesses where it’s needed
Keeping you Informed
We’ll keep you informed as we get updates. For more details about this project: