Rupert Peace Power pursues 500-MW wind farm in Canada

Rupert Peace Power Corp. (RPPC) is proposing to develop a new 500-MW wind energy project located about 48 kilometers south of Chetwynd and 55 kilometers northwest of Tumbler Ridge in British Columbia.

The proposed Rocky Creek Energy Project is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act, the provincial Environmental Assessment Office said in a Nov. 8 notice. The company must obtain an environmental assessment certificate before any work can be undertaken on the project. However, prior to submission of an application for a certificate, the office must first approve application information requirements. The requirements will specify the studies to be conducted and the detailed information to be provided by the company. EAO has now received draft application information requirements from Rupert Peace Power and invites comments on this draft.

The office will hold open houses locally on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28. The public comment period will begin on Nov. 16 and end on Dec. 16.

The company is a private Canadian-based, green-energy development company headquartered in Vancouver, BC. It was formed in 2006 with the vision of supporting the rapid global demand for green energy development, said a report released by the office. RPPC holds tenure across numerous sites in BC. To date, multiple sites have been identified as viable for the production of wind energy and are in various stages of the development process. RPPC anticipates a total power production potential of over 4,500 MW from wind farms as well as additional generation from run-of-the-river projects.

The initial 37-kilometer transmission line layout for the project considered one transmission line option south from BC Hydro’s SNK. This layout followed the Sukunka River South from the SNK crossing. The initial layout of the transmission line right of way was revised in April. The new 43.5-kilometer corridor route for the 230-kV transmission line will connect the project to the existing grid via use of existing road corridors and will follow alongside the Brule transmission line right of way where possible.

The initial estimated capital investment for the project is C$1.5bn.

Said the parent company website: “Based on the West Coast of British Columbia, [Rupert Peace Power Holdings] aims to build on its impressive portfolio of wind and run-of-river sites. The most advanced sites are in key regions of British Columbia with a total capacity of over 3000MW (est.) of renewable energy capacity. RPPH is focusing on investing in jurisdictions that have vast undeveloped renewable energy potential. By establishing roots in new markets, RPPH is putting itself at the forefront of the renewable energy sector and is well positioned to lead in a new, green global economy.”

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