British Columbia agency reviews 187-MW Meikle wind project

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office is taking public comment on a 187-MW wind project proposed by Meikle Wind Energy LP.

The project would be located approximately 33 kilometers northwest of Tumbler Ridge, B.C. It would consist of up to 68 wind turbine generators, access roads, connector and transmission lines and related substation and an operations center.

The developer is seeking an environmental assessment certificate, which is required before any work can be undertaken on the proposed project.

In order to provide information to the public about the application, and to receive comments from the public, the Environmental Assessment Office on Nov. 22 invited the public to attend open houses to be held Dec. 3 at Chetwynd, B.C., and on Dec. 4 at Tumbler Ridge, B.C. The public comment period will begin on Nov. 29 and end on Jan. 13, 2014.

In November 2008, BC Hydro solicited proposals for new electricity generating projects under the Clean Power Call. BC Hydro selected 27 projects for the award of 25 Electricity Purchase Agreements (EPAs), representing 3,266 GWh per year of firm energy and 1,168 MW of capacity. This project was awarded one of the 25 EPAs in March 2010 (under the name “Meikle Wind Energy Project”).

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