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ECA Review 2022-05-19

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ECA Review 2022-05-19

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R R 72 pt East Central R Alberta EVIEW 60 pt R 48 pt R 36 pt Your favourite source for news and entertainment in East R 30 pt Central Alberta, reaching 90 communities weekly Targeting East Central Alberta Thursday, May 19, 2022 Volume 111 No. 20 www.ECAreview.com R 24 pt R 18 pt The rural utilities in Alberta represented, from the left, Al Nagel, Alberta Federation of REA’s, Allen Hobbs, president of Paintearth Gas Co-op Ltd., Gary Waltham, ATCO Contract Policy Committee and Ernest Polege, president of the Beaver Rural Electrication Association, honoured Herman Schwenk’s dedication to rural utilities in Alberta by presenting a memorial bench at the Coronation cemetery to the Schwenk family represented by Herman’s wife, Marcella Schwenk (sitted on the bench). Herman’s involvement in these four boards numbered 124 years. CASTOR COUNCIL Update on “controversial” wind power project Stu Salkeld Local Journalism Initiative reporter ECA Review Castor town council read a report on the Paintearth Wind Project, noting as they did that some in the surrounding community are still concerned about the project. The document was read at the May 9 regular meeting of council. Town Chief Administrative officer (CAO) Christopher Robblee presented councillors with the April Paintearth Wind Project update submitted by Paintearth Wind Project LP which described the type of wind turbines which may be included in the project and the fact that there may be more of them than initially stated. “Since our January 2022 update newsletter, Paintearth Wind Project LP (PWLP) has been further evaluating the economic viability of specific turbine manufacturers/models and revising the Paintearth Wind Project (the Project) layout,” stated the report that was included in council’s agenda. “As a result, and in order to improve economic competitiveness, PWLP is proposing to move forward with 38 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy 145 5.0MW turbines with an update option of 5.2MW, as shown on the enclosed project layout. “Please note that although this is an increase from the number of turbine locations presented in the January 2022 update, the chosen locations are in alignment with the current Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) Approval (Power Plant Approval 26122 D02 2020). “The proposed turbine locations all fall within 50m of the approved locations. In total, the Project nameplate capacity will be 198MW. The updated layout, including collector line routing and access roads are shown on the enclosed Project layout,” stated the report, which also included a description of the turbines stating their height as 95.5 meters and rotor diameter of 145 meters. The report also included a map depicting the results of noise and “shadow flicker” assessments. “PWLP has updated the Noise Impact Assessment (NIA) and shadow flicker analysis, and the enclosed map shows the cumulative noise and results of the shadow flicker analysis,” stated the report. “The NIA confirms that the project remains compliant with AUC Rule 012: Noise Control. A Project update was provided to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) describing the Project changes. AEP confirmed that a Referral Report Amendment Letter is not required as potential environmental impacts have not increased.” Readers should note “shadow flicker” occurs when turbine blades cast a recurring shadow onto the ground below, which may contain houses, farm buildings, etc. Some critics of wind projects in the past have claimed shadow flicker is linked to negative health effects such as seizures, although there is disagreement about the evidence for these claims. Turn to Reaching, Pg 3 INDEX Hanna council ............................ 2 Castor council ............................. 3 Delburne council ........................ 4 Gardening section ...................... 4 Byemoor school ......................... 5 Erskine 4-H ........................... 5, 12 Hughenden news ....................... 7 Bashaw council .......................... 9 Theresetta school ..................... 10 Kneehill council ....................... 11 Stettler county council .............. 11 Obituary ................................... 15 Editorial: Simplistic solutions in a complex world Page 6 Gus Wetter Spring Prom Page 8 High School Rodeo, a wrap Pages 13, 15 Grain Academy moved to Pioneer Acres Page 16 The most versatile VT on the market. 7530-35 VT Plus • Adjustable gang settings from 5 – 15 degrees on the move. • Hydraulically controlled fore & aft levelling on the go. • Heavy Duty construction with 3 year warranty. • So many benefits – stop in today to discuss this superior product! STETTLER 403-742-3740 1-800-371-3055 CORONATION 403-578-3747 1-888-578-0800 RED DEER 403-343-6101 1-866-343-6101 OLDS 403-556-6711 1-800-470-2388

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