EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and West Moberly First Nations (WMFN) have jointly signed a Protocol Agreement regarding the development of three wind projects representing over 500 MW in the Peace River Region of British Columbia.
The three wind developments in question are the Sundance Wind Project, Taylor Wind Project and Wartenbe Wind Project. The Taylor and Sundance projects are undergoing a British Columbia Environmental Assessment, EDF noted in an Oct. 25 statement. In the event environmental certification is received for Sundance and Taylor, and subject to receiving power off-take agreements from BC Hydro, the projects could deliver power as early as 2016. The Wartenbe project received its BC Environmental Certificate in 2006.
EDF EN Canada said it recognizes the importance of meaningful engagement and consultation with First Nations early in project development and maintenance of a constructive relationship throughout the lifecycle of the project.
“We are extremely pleased to have entered into this Protocol Agreement with West Moberly First Nations,” said Cory Basil, Vice President of Development at EDF EN Canada. “The agreement formalizes our relationship and reflects a mutual commitment between the parties to work together respectfully and collaboratively to ensure development of the proposed lands takes into consideration West Moberly First Nations interests. It further illustrates our best intentions and efforts to bring economic benefits and opportunities to West Moberly First Nations and the Peace River Region.”
West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson said: “We look forward to continuing our positive relationship with EDF EN Canada regarding the development of these projects within our traditional territory in a manner respectful of the environment and our rights under Treaty 8.”
EDF EN Canada is a leader in renewable energy project development with a portfolio of more than 1,300 MW of wind energy facilities in operation and under construction across Canada.
Two wind projects in the environmental review process
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 wind projects with a total capacity of up to 650 MW.
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. The project was first initiated by Avro Wind Energy 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.
The 2006 certificate for the Wartenbe wind farm was issued to Dokie Wind Energy and covers a 70.5-MW facility, with up to 47 turbines, to be located about 10 kilometers southeast of Chetwynd. The certificate was later passed on to Avro Wind Energy and then to EDF.