Meikle Wind Energy to expand Canadian project to 187 MW

Meikle Wind Energy LP on Aug. 21 filed with the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office plans for an expanded Meikle Wind Energy Project, taking the capacity from a previously-approved 117 MW to 187 MW.

The project, formerly called the Bullmoose Wind Energy Project under a prior developer, is proposed as a maximum 187 MW wind energy project in the Peace Region, west of Tumbler Ridge within Treaty 8 First Nations territory.

This project has been revised since the original project description submission to the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) in May 2007. The project originally included two sites; the Bullmoose site to the west of Tumbler Ridge, and Meikle site to the northwest. The project now encompasses only the Meikle site.

Meikle Wind Energy LP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finavera Wind Energy Inc. Finavera has agreed to sell the project to Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC subject to certain third-party consents and regulatory approvals, said the Aug. 21 application. The proponent will remain as Meikle Wind Energy LP following completion of this transaction.

The contact for the project is Peter Leighton, PLeighton@Finavera.com, 604-288-9051.

The Meikle Wind Energy Project will consist, pending final equipment decisions, of 68 wind turbines with a maximum installed capacity of 187 MW. Improvements in wind generation technology and additional wind resource data collected by the company have allowed for an increase in nameplate capacity (from 117 MW to 187 MW) and a further reduction in the area to be occupied by the turbines.

The purpose of the project is to produce clean, cost-effective energy to sell to BC Hydro. BC Hydro forecasts that the province’s electricity demand will increase by 20%-40% over the next 20 years. “If demand continues to grow as projected, BC Hydro’s generation plants will not provide electricity self-sufficiency for the Province,” the application noted.

Selection of the wind turbine generators for this project is subject to further analysis, with a range of nominal capacities between 2.3 MW and 3.3 MW being considered. A new 230-kV transmission line will connect the high voltage side of the project substation to the existing BC Hydro 230-kV transmission line. A switchyard will be required at the point of interconnection. This switchyard will be permitted, constructed and operated by BC Hydro.

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