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Versorium Energy Ltd. Benalto 1 Distributed Energy Resource Power Plant, AUC Decision 26919-D01-2021

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Facilities – Natural Gas

In this decision, the AUC approved the applications from Versorium Energy Ltd. (“Versorium”) to construct and operate the 5.044 megawatt (“MW”) natural gas-fired power plant (the “Power Plant”) near Sylvan Lake. The AUC also approved the application to interconnect the Power Plant to the FortisAlberta Inc. electric distribution system.

Application

The Power Plant includes natural gas-fired reciprocating engines, a switchgear building, a generator step-up transformer, a low-pressure natural gas pipeline to connect to the Burnt Lake Gas Co-op natural gas system, and a distribution line to connect the Power Plant to the distribution system.

AUC Findings and Decision

The AUC reviewed the information filed with the application, including a noise impact assessment, participant involvement program, air quality assessment report, and environmental evaluation report. The AUC found that these submissions included all information required under Rule 007: Applications for Power Plants, Substations, Transmission Lines, Industrial System Designations, Hydro Developments, and Gas Utility Pipelines and Rule 012: Noise Control.

The application indicated that all regulations will be abided by and that all emission objectives will be met. The project was further found to meet the requirements for a connection order.

The AUC determined that the applications are in the public interest under Section 17 of the Alberta Utilities Commission Act. Pursuant to Section 11 and Section 18 of the Hydro and Electric Energy Act, the AUC approved the applications to construct and operate and to interconnect the Power Plant.

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