British Columbia drops two wind projects out of its review process

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office said in May 30 notices that it has dropped out of its Environmental Assessment (EA) process two wind projects that had been first proposed in 2008 but which had lain dormant since then.

A project contact in both cases is: Pim de Ridder, Director, Izzy Projects, Fransestraat2 6524 JA, Nijmegen, Netherlands, pim.de.ridder@izzy-productions.

In a May 18 letter to de Ridder, an EAO official said: “I am writing with respect to the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Marten Ridge Wind Energy Project (Project). As stated in the letter sent to you dated April 25, 2016, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) considers the fact that you have not replied to previous correspondence as indication that you do not wish to proceed with the EA for the Project. As we did not hear from you by the May 16, 2016 deadline, the Project has been withdrawn from the EA.”

Premier Renewable Energy had in 2008 proposed to develop this wind facility, consisting of about forty 2-MW wind turbines, an interconnecting collector system, access roads, and an overhead transmission line to connect to the existing Fernie substation. The project location is 10 kilometers east-northeast of Fernie, B.C.

Another May 18 letter to de Ridder said: “I am writing with respect to the Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Nicomen Wind Energy Project (Project). As stated in the letter sent to you dated April 25, 2016, the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) considers the fact that you have not replied to previous correspondence as indication that you do not wish to proceed with the EA for the Project. As we did not hear from you by the May 16, 2016 deadline, the Project has been withdrawn from the EA.”

In this case, Premier Renewable Energy proposed to construct thirty-five 2-MW wind turbines, an interconnecting collector system, a substation, access roads, and an overhead transmission line to connect to the existing BCTC substation at Spences Bridge. The project site is about 12 kilometers east-southeast of Lytton, B.C.

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