British Columbia agency terminates review of hydro project

For lack of sufficient information to move forward, the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office sent a Nov. 27 letter to Purcell Green Power Inc. that said the office is terminating an environmental assessment process begun in January 2007 for a hydroelectric project.

The letter noted that the office suspended the review process in September 2009, at the request of the company, and that the company was unable to more recently supply enough updated information for that suspension to continue.

In a project description filed with the office in January 2007, the company said the purpose of the Glacier/Howser project is to produce and sell “Green Electricity” to BC Hydro. It was awarded an Electricity Purchase Agreement (EPA) under the F2006 BC Hydro Call for Tenders process.

The general location of these run-of-river projects is in southeastern British Columbia. The facilities are to be in the Central Kootenay Regional District and situated on the eastern shores of the Duncan Reservoir, in the lower reaches of the Glacier Creek and Howser Creek. The transmission line, servicing both power stations, would cross the Purcell Mountain range and interconnect with the Invermere Sub-station in the East Kootenay Regional District.

The installed preliminary capacity of each development as submitted in the EPA is:

  • Glacier Creek – 40.5 MW;
  • Howser Creek- 50 MW;

for a total maximum project capacity of 90.5 MW. However, with the same development configurations and the same expected environmental impacts, the potential installed capacity could reach:

  • Glacier Creek – 60 MW;
  • Howser Creek – 65 MW;

for a total potential maximum project capacity of 125 MW.

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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.