Canadian regulators seek input on 1,100-MW hydro project

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office said April 10 that the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) guidelines for the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project are being issued for public comment.

BC Hydro and Power Authority is proposing to construct and operate a dam and 1,100-MW hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeastern B.C. The proposed project would be the third in a series of dams on the British Columbia portion of the Peace River.

The Site C project components include the generating station and associated structures, an 83-kilometer long reservoir and two 77-kilometer transmission lines along an existing transmission line right-of-way connecting Site C to the existing provincial power grid.

As part of this EIS process, the public is invited to attend several open house sessions to be held in the project area in May. Both agencies are holding a 45-day public comment period on the draft EIS guidelines for the environmental assessment. The guidelines provide direction to the proponent and identify the information that is required in the EIS. Written comments can be submitted between April 17 and June 1.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.