Creek Power pursues approvals for new B.C. hydro project

Creek Power Inc. applied May 28 at the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office to develop the Upper Lillooet Hydro Project, to be located in the headwaters of the Lillooet River northwest of Pemberton, British Columbia.

Creek Power was incorporated in May 2001 and its shareholders are Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. and Ledcor Power Group Ltd., the company said in the application.

The project has a total nameplate capacity of 121 MW and is therefore subject to review under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act. The project also requires federal authorizations from Fisheries and Oceans Canada pursuant to the Fisheries Act and approvals from Transport Canada pursuant to the Navigable Waters Protection Act. The May 28 application is for an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC).

Three proposed run‐of‐river facilities will be developed as a single project with a combined nameplate capacity of 121 MW. Electricity will be transmitted about 72 kilometers via a 230-kV transmission line that will interconnect with the existing BC Hydro grid at BC Hydro’s planned switching station in the vicinity of the existing Tisdale Capacitor Station, located about 10 kilometers southwest of Pemberton.

The three component hydro projects are: Upper Lillooet River Hydroelectric Facility (77 MW); Boulder Creek Hydroelectric Facility (27 MW); and North Creek Hydroelectric Facility (17 MW).

The project would displace between 5,000 tonnes and 13,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, meeting the BC Energy Plan’s target of acquiring 50% of all new energy as clean energy, the application noted. Also, the project will diminish the need for CO2‐intensive baseload alternatives such as a gas- or coal‐fired plant.

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