Open houses on proposed wind farm near Tumbler Ridge this week

It’s been proposed by Meikle Wind Energy Limited Partnership, a subsidiary of Finavera Wind Energy. The wind farm is now undergoing an environmental assessment by the province. 

The project is one of 25 that were awarded Electricity Purchase Agreements in 2010 under a call by B.C. Hydro for clean energy to supplement its power grid. If approved, it would create a maximum of 187 Megawatts of power, which is reportedly enough to power more than 56,000 homes. The electricity would be transmitted to a connection with Hydro’s grid near Highway 29 between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd. 

The project is expected to create 175 person-years per year employment during the construction phase, which is expected to take 12 to 18 months, and 18 person-years per year during the operations phase. Construction is planned for 2014 to 2016. 

An open house will be held Tuesday, December 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 at the Recreation Centre in Chetwynd, followed by one in Tumbler Ridge December 4 during the same period at the Trend Mountain Conference Centre. 

Comments can also be sent in until January 13, 2014 by: 

Online Form at http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca 

Mail:

Teresa Morris

Project Assessment Manager

Environmental Assessment Office

PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt

Victoria BC V8W 9V1 

Fax: 250-387-2208 

More information on the project can be found here.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.