The British Columbia Environmental Assessment office on Dec. 2 issued a final Application Information Requirements (AIR), which is part of the British Columbia’s (BC) environmental assessment (EA) process and specifies the information that must be provided by the proponent in the application for an EA certificate, for a 400-MW wind project.
Taylor Wind Project LP, a wholly owned entity of EDF EN Canada Inc., is proposing to develop the Taylor Wind Project. The 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 company proposes to develop a wind farm of up to 400 MW that could include between 130 and 235 individual turbine locations. The Taylor Wind Project is being developed in anticipation for submission into future BC Hydro power calls.
The project has been in development since 2010; on-site wind resource measurements as well as preliminary environmental constraints analyses indicate that the project is feasible and does not present major constraints. The project application will include a description of any project design modifications that may occur as a result of consultation outcomes.
There are currently meteorological towers installed on this site, some of which will remain onsite for the duration of the project. Each tower is equipped with sensors collecting temperature, wind speed and wind direction data at multiple heights. As the project area is predominantly used for cattle grazing, there is very little vegetation or significant obstacles that could adversely impact the wind resource. Based on data collected, the project is considered to have an excellent wind resource.
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 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 of up to 400 MW in size.
- 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.