EDF affiliate pursues up to 650 MW of wind in British Columbia

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office has just begun the environmental reviews needed for the Sundance (up to 250 MW in size) and Taylor (up to 400 MW) wind projects.

On Oct. 30, the office issued a notice that Sundance will undergo a pre-application process, which identifies the issues to be covered in a later environmental assessment. This is something like the scoping period that power projects in the U.S. undergo under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Sundance Wind Project LP is proposing to develop the Sundance Wind Project, located on BC Crown land about 20 kilometers north of the town of Tumbler Ridge in the Peace River Region. The Sundance Wind Project is being developed for submission into future BC Hydro power calls, said the project description filed recently with the office by the company.

Sundance Wind Project LP is wholly owned by EDF EN Canada Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, one of the world’s largest wind energy developers. It has more than 1,000 MW of renewable energy projects in varying stages of development and operation in Canada.

The Sundance project was first initiated in 2003 by Avro Wind Energy, a private Canadian renewable energy development company based in British Columbia. Avro has developed the project by measuring wind speeds, meeting with various stakeholders and completing background environmental studies. In 2012, EDF EN Canada acquired the project from Avro Wind Energy, which has been retained to assist in the ongoing development of the project.

The Sundance Wind Project is expected to have a capacity of up to 250 MW. The total capacity of the project may be developed in phases depending on the specific capacity requirements that may be determined or acquired by BC Hydro in future calls for power. At approximately 250 MW in capacity, the Sundance Wind Project is estimated to have a capital cost of more than C$600m and is expected to create about 250 construction jobs and 10 jobs during operations.

Taylor is also a fomer Avro project taken over by EDF

Taylor Wind Project LP is proposing to develop the Taylor Wind Project, which is situated on privately-owned land located in the Peace River Region, 10 kilometers south of the District of Taylor and west of Highway 97. This project is also being developed for submission into future BC Hydro power calls.

The project proponent, Taylor Wind Project LP, is also wholly owned by EDF EN Canada. The project was first initiated by Avro Wind Energy in 2010. In 2012, EDF EN Canada acquired the project from Avro Wind Energy, which has been retained to assist in the ongoing development of the project.

The Taylor Wind Project is expected to have a capacity of up to 400 MW. The total capacity may be developed in phases depending on the specific capacity requirements that may be determined or acquired by BC Hydro in future calls for power. The project has been in development for several years; on-site wind resource measurements as well as preliminary environmental constraints analyses indicate that the project is feasible and does not present major constraints.

At up to 400 MW in capacity, the Taylor Wind Project is estimated to have a capital cost of more than C$900m and to create about 250 construction jobs and 12 jobs during operations.

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