Developer to re-apply for 250-MW British Columbia wind project

Rupert Peace Power Corp. (RPPC) has shelved the review process at the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office for a 250-MW wind project, while saying it will continue to work on the project and re-apply later.

The company asked for the withdrawal of this project in a May 15 letter to the office, with the office confirming that withdrawal on May 21. This work covers the Mount McDonald Wind Power Project.

“The rationale for this request is based on an evolving external environment and RPPC wants to ensure that its EA application properly reflects the changing needs of the region, including the need to address cumulative effects,” said the May 15 letter from the company. “Through all of the information gathered to date this project has created a substantial amount of new data about the region, including important insights into the ecosystem values that exist in the area. RPPC believes that this project will have minimal impact on the environment and will be a benefit to the region for years.”

RPPC said it intends to continue working with First Nations and stakeholders in the region to enhance its relationships in preparation for submission of an updated project description.

RPPC proposes to develop this 250-MW wind farm near Port Edward. RPPC is a private Canada-based green energy development company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. A 2010 document from the EAO said that specific wind turbine generators (WTGs) for the project had yet to be confirmed although it was expected that a Mitsubishi manufactured wind turbine product (possibly the MH1 2.4 MW WTG) would be used.

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