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Wind Power News: British Columbia

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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.


July 5, 2017 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

More wind power projects slated for Merritt

Two wind energy projects currently in the development stage could see up to 14 more turbines added to the Pennask Plateau along the Okanagan Connector between Merritt and Kelowna. Though the projects likely won’t break ground until 2019 at the earliest, the Seabreeze Power Corporation completed environmental studies for the two projects last year. The company is now in the permitting stage; aiming to get approval on a development plan from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. . . .

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April 6, 2017 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project planned for Helmer Lake

KAMLOOPS – A Kelowna businessman says he wants to erect a pair of wind farms between Kamloops and Merritt by 2020. Martin Ince is gathering feedback for a proposed wind turbine project that would see a total of eight massive windmills built near Helmer Lake. “There would be a total of eight turbines in the project. That’s essentially enough to power 10,000 homes or so in the area,” said Ince. “It’s a small project in some ways, but it’s large enough . . .

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February 2, 2017 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

PRRD shoots down wind development near Dawson Creek

Peace River Regional District directors have shot down a renewable energy company’s proposal to build a small wind farm north of Dawson Creek. At a meeting Jan. 26, the board nixed a proposal from Renewable Energy Systems Canada to construct a five-turbine wind power operation on 4.5 hectares of farmland off Sweetwater Road and 225 Road. The company requested a exemption for a non-farm use within the province’s Agricultural Land Reserve. However, without sign-off from the PRRD, the project is . . .

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November 30, 2016 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project on Mt. McDonald may be revived

Wind, a clean energy source, may become a hot commodity for industrial developments trying to meet government environmental conditions. At least, that is what the new owners of the Mt. McDonald Wind Energy Project are thinking. The wind project first came to light under Bridge Power, the original developer that identified the site in 2008 and built the four 80 metre MET masts, for acquiring wind data. The company began to develop the project and started to move through the . . .

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September 8, 2016 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Sea Breeze proposes wind farm on Mount Hays

‘LNG Town’ it ain’t. With so many liquefied natural gas terminal proposals near Prince Rupert, it can be easy to label it as the next LNG capital of North America, but one Vancouver-based company is looking to change that with an alternative energy proposal of their own. A 48-megawatt (MW) wind farm, consisting of a maximum of 24 turbines has been proposed by Sea Breeze Power Corp. on Mount Hays. While not the first company to propose such a venture . . .

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August 12, 2016 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms on Hutterite land approved; Two seven-turbine proposals in Tower Lake, Sunset Prairie

A pair of wind farms on Hutterite land north of Dawson Creek have a green light from the Peace River Regional District. On Aug. 11, regional district directors approved a rezoning application that will allow Renewable Energy Systems Canada to build turbines on two agricultural parcels owned by the South Peace Hutterian Brethren Church. The company has approval to build two wind farms of up to seven turbines each on the two properties, located in the Tower Lake and Sunset . . .

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June 15, 2016 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Smyth: The Site C dam blows away major wind power project from B.C.

It was an exciting news story that jumped off front pages less than three years ago: a massive new wind farm to be built on Vancouver Island that would generate enough electricity to power 75,000 homes. The $750-million project was great news for taxpayers because it wouldn’t cost the public a penny. The TimberWest forest company was partnering with EDP Renewables, a Spanish-based global wind-energy giant, to build the 150-turbine wind farm on private land. The local T’Sou-ke First Nation . . .

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May 26, 2016 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Two B.C. wind farm projects halted with huge Site C dam in wings

Publicly traded Northland Power has withdrawn two wind projects from B.C.’s environmental approval process, officially halting proposals that had been dormant for several years as the Site C hydroelectric dam puts a chill on renewable energy projects. The proposals – for Mount George Wind Park, a 300-megawatt wind farm 38 kilometres southeast of Prince George, and Mount Kathleen Wind Park, a 250-megawatt wind farm near Summerland – were officially withdrawn last week, following correspondence between B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office and . . .

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May 11, 2016 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

All of Tumbler Ridge to lose power twice this summer in planned outages

BC Hydro officials say the entire District of Tumbler Ridge – about 1,758 customers – will undergo two early morning blackouts this summer, June 5 and August 28. The planned power outages will allow work to be completed on the Sukunka Substation to connect the Meikle Wind Energy project to the grid. The $400 million wind tower project is about six-months away from commercial operation, BC Hydro said. On June 5, Tumbler Ridge’s power will be cut off for four hours, between . . .

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April 29, 2016 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Power company walks on controversial Montney wind farm

An independent power company is walking away from a controversial wind project proposed in a rural area near Fort St. John, saying they failed to win the community’s support. While relatively small, Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Canada’s seven-turbine Montney Wind project encountered considerable pushback from rural residents since it was proposed last year. Patrick Henn, development manager with Renewable Energy Systems Canada, Inc., said his company made the decision to “pause” the project in early April. He said the project . . .

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