EDF signs deal for over 500 MW of wind in British Columbia

Officials of EDF EN Canada Inc. and the McLeod Lake Indian Band (MLIB) on Aug. 8 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) calling for the development of over 500 MW of wind generation.

The signing came during a ceremony conducted at the McLeod Lake Indian Band Annual Meeting. The MOU concerns the potential development of three wind energy projects representing over 500 MW of clean power in the Peace River Region of British Columbia.

“We are extremely pleased to have entered into this MOU with McLeod Lake Indian Band,” said Cory Basil, Vice President of Development at EDF EN Canada. “The MOU reinforces our relationship and commitment to meaningful engagement and consultation.”

McLeod Lake Indian Band Chief Derek Orr said: “The McLeod Lake Indian Band supports EDF EN Canada in the responsible development of sustainable, non-polluting and environmentally sensitive wind energy in the Peace Region.”

The three projects covered by the MOU are the Sundance Wind Project, Taylor Wind Project and Wartenbe Wind Project. Taylor and Sundance are undergoing a British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office review. The projects could deliver power as early as 2017 subject to clearing the environmental assessment process and securing power off-take agreements from BC Hydro. The Wartenbe project is construction ready, having previously received its BC Environmental Assessment Certificate.

By the end of 2015, EDF EN Canada will have placed into service 1,374 MW of wind and solar power in Canada and created employment opportunities for over 1,000 people in the development and construction phase of the projects. Headquartered in Toronto with offices in Montreal, EDF EN Canada draws on the market expertise of EDF Renewable Energy, EDF Energies Nouvelles‘ U.S. subsidiary. EDF Energies Nouvelles is 100% owned by the EDF Group

McLeod Lake Indian Band is a First Nation of some 515 members with its administrative office located at McLeod Lake, some 150 kilometers north of Prince George, and business offices in Mackenzie and Chetwynd, B.C.

The three projects are:

  • 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.
  • Taylor Wind Project LP‘s Taylor Wind Project is 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.
  • The 2006 certificate for the Wartenbe wind farm was issued to Dokie Wind Energy and covers a 70.5-MW facility to be located about 10 kilometers southeast of Chetwynd.
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