The Peace River Regional District has received presentations from the proponents for two wind projects, together representing a $1.5 billion investment.
They’re now owned by, EDF-EN Canada, Headquartered in Toronto, and it is being assisted in the development of the sites by Victoria-based Avro Wind Energy, the original owner.
EDF-EN is a green energy pioneer and global market leader, and has had a presence in this province for over three years, although its proposed Sundance and Taylor wind projects would be its first in B.C.
They would provide 600 construction jobs and 25 to 35 more during operations, and would also have a combined generation capacity of up to 650 megawatts.
Developer David Warner has told the PRRD, environmental assessment submissions are expected to be made in the fourth quarter of this year, EA certificates received next year and construction could begin as early as 2017.
However, he also says a power contract would be required from B.C. Hydro before firm construction dates could be determined.
The Sundance project would be located on crown land about 20 kilometers north of Tumbler Ridge and represents an investment of more than $600 million.
The Taylor project, representing an investment of more than $900 million, would be located on ranch land, about 20 kilometers south of the town and west of Highway 97.
B.C.’s policies for wind power projects include a ten year exemption from participation rents, but they also establish maximum permissible noise levels near residential properties.
In addition, the province has legislation in place to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent by 2020 and it’s committed to 2016 electricity self-sufficiency.
Below is a full copy of the presentation made to the PRRD.