The Peace River could see a fourth hydro-electric dam in the future

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The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency has served notice it is now seeking public comments on what could be a fourth Peace Country hydro-electric dam on the Peace River.

The proposed location of the Amisk Hydroelectric Project is targeted for the Alberta Peace, about 15 kilometres upstream from Dunvegan putting it north of Spirit River and southwest of Fairview.

Written comments must be submitted by November 16th to:

  • Amisk Hydroelectric Project
  • Canadian Environment Assessment Agency
  • 9700 Jasper Avenue, Suite 1145
  • Edmonton, Alberta
  • T5J-4C3
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The Agency will subsequently post a decision on its website and if an environmental assessment is required, the public will have three more opportunities to comment on the project.

It is being developed by Calgary-based AHP Development Corporation on behalf of a number of partners, including Concord Green Energy: a wholly owned subsidiary of Vancouver based Concord Pacific.

As was the case with the Site-C dam, the project is subject to both federal and provincial regulatory approval, and the proponent is preparing for stakeholder consultations, which will include impacted First Nations.

Dave Barrade is the AHP consultation and public engagement lead, and he says following the initial environmental impact assessment, it’s expected the formal project application will be submitted in the first quarter of 2017.

The spillway and powerhouse at the project site would have a combined length of approximately 370 metres, while the head-pond created by the dam would flood about 800 hectares of land.

The 330 megawatt facility would generate approximately 1,875 gigawatt hours of electricity, which is reportedly enough to supply roughly 250,000 average Alberta residences.

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