British Columbia gets no comment on 650-MW of wind projects

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) said July 2 that the public comment periods have closed on the proposed draft Application Information Requirements (AIR) for two separate wind projects with a total capacity of up to 650 MW.

No comments were received during the comment periods, the EAO noted. An additional public comment period will be held after the project companies submit applications for environmental assessment certificates.

Sundance Wind Project LP is proposing to develop the Sundance Wind Project at a site approximately 20 kilometers north of the town of Tumbler Ridge in the Peace River Region, within Treaty 8 territory. The project capacity would up to 250 MW, which could include between 85 and 147 individual turbine locations. The Sundance Wind Project is being developed in anticipation for submission into future BC Hydro power calls.

Sundance Wind Project LP is an entity wholly owned by EDF EN Canada Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles – one of the world’s largest wind energy developers.

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

The proponent of the Taylor Wind Project is Taylor Wind Project LP. This EDF project was also first initiated by Avro Wind Energy.

The Taylor Wind Project is situated on privately-owned grazing land located in the Peace River Region, 10 kilometers south of the District of Taylor and west of Highway 97, within Treaty 8 territory. The project size would up to 400 MW, which could include between 130 and 235 individual turbine locations. This project is also being developed in anticipation for submission into future BC Hydro power calls.

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