Wintering Hills Wind Power Facility
The Wintering Hills Wind Power Facility – Teck’s first investment in wind energy – went into full operation in November, 2011. Located near Drumheller, Alberta, the 88-megawatt (MW) wind power facility consists of 55 General Electric 1.6 MW turbines that deliver power to the electrical grid. We hold a 30% interest in Wintering Hills, a joint venture project with Suncor Energy Products Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Suncor Inc., the project operator.
At peak capacity, Wintering Hills is expected to generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 35,000 Alberta homes, displacing the equivalent of approximately 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year. During 2012, our share of the power generation from Wintering Hills was 88 GWh. Expected power generation in 2013 is dependent on weather conditions and the anticipated 85 to 90 GWhs of power will result in approximately 55,000 tonnes of CO2-equivalent offsets.
Our investment in the Wintering Hills project provides an opportunity to develop our understanding of wind power generation and evaluate other opportunities to develop wind farms around our operations, as well as supporting Teck’s sustainability goals in the area of Energy & Climate Change.
View the real-time energy output from Wintering Hills (see the wind section).
Last updated: February 7, 2013