The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office on Sept. 24 issued a final Application Information Requirements (AIR) document that specifies the information that must be provided in the planned application for an environmental assessment (EA) certificate of Sundance Wind Project LP.
This company is a wholly-owned entity of EDF EN Canada Inc., and is proposing to develop the Sundance Wind Project. This wind farm would be located aproximately 20 kilomers north of the town of Tumbler Ridge in the Peace River region, within Treaty 8 territory. The company proposes to develop a wind farm of up to 250 MW that 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. The project is subject to review under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act, as it meets the following two criteria: wind projects are included in the list under the “another power plant” definition; and the project is a new facility with an expected nameplate capacity greater than 50 MW.
Sundance Wind has received confirmation that the project is not subject to review under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Thus, only the completion of the provincial environmental assessment (EA) process is required prior to construction of the proposed project.
No public comments were received by the EAO during the public comment period on the draft AIR.
Officials of EDF EN Canada and the McLeod Lake Indian Band (MLIB) in August 2014 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) calling for the development of over 500 MW of wind generation. 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.
The three projects covered by the MOU are the Sundance Wind Project, Taylor Wind Project and Wartenbe Wind Project. 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 company said at the time. The Wartenbe project had previously received its BC Environmental Assessment Certificate.
The environmental review for the Taylor Wind Project is still ongoing. On Sept. 17, the EAO issued a procedural order amending some aspects of the project. The scope of the Taylor Wind Project consists of various on-site and offsite components and activities, including:
- approximately 130-235 wind turbine generators (including foundations, crane pads, towers, transformers, rotor blades and generators) with a rated capacity of up to 400 MW;
- overhead and underground electrical cables and fibre optic cables between towers; and
- upgrades to existing access roads, onsite connector roads and water crossings, and the development of new access roads, onsite connector roads, and water crossings to project-related components.