Construction to start on B.C.’s biggest wind farm

Energy Minister Bill Bennett says wind power continues to grow, despite concerns about Site C dam

Turbines at Dokie Wind

B.C.’s fifth wind farm will have 61 turbines and electricity output equivalent to supply for 54,000 homes, making it the largest in the province so far.

Site clearing for the Meikle Wind project began last fall on wind-swept peaks northwest of Tumbler Ridge, and California-based Pattern Energy expects to start construction in June with an expected completion date of late 2016.

Meikle Wind is the third in the Tumbler Ridge area, and the fourth in the region including Bear Mountain Wind near Dawson Creek. The only wind farm so far constructed outside the Peace region is at Cape Scott on the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Northwest B.C. has significant potential for wind power as well, Energy Minister Bill Bennett said after a project announcement Tuesday in Tumbler Ridge. He added that the company’s decision to invest $400 million shows the Site C dam isn’t the death knell for independent power that some feared.

“Site C actually enables more renewable energy,” Bennett said. “Wind is the cheapest renewable technology available today, and it has come down in cost significantly over the last five years.”

BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald said the Crown corporation has several more wind projects being considered under its “standing offer” purchase program.

BC Hydro signed a 25-year power purchase agreement for the Meikle project in 2008. Pattern Energy took it over from Vancouver-based Finavera Wind Energy, which received four contracts for area projects in BC Hydro’s 2008 clean energy call.

The environmental assessment certificate for Meikle Wind has 24 conditions, including a bird and bat monitoring and adaptive management plan and a reduced footprint to minimize habitat disturbance and visual effects.

 

Just Posted

Coastal GasLink gets interim injunction against Unist’ot’en

The LNG pipeline company can start work Monday with enforcement approved by court.

Smithers Christmas Bird Count

Time to register for the annual bird count, an effort done across the hemisphere.

They’re engaged!

Birthday party turns into engagement party for Doug and Matilda

Hampers a chance to help in the Christmas spirit

SCSA sends around 350-400 hampers to the area from Witset to Telkwa.

Volunteers create Christmas magic at Santa’s Breakfast

PHOTOS: For the past 19 years, a local event helped remind us that Christmas is a time of giving.

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Boeser has 2 points as Canucks ground Flyers 5-1

WATCH: Vancouver has little trouble with slumping Philly side

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

B.C. fire chief pleads with Ottawa for traumatic stress support

Campbell River fire chief Thomas Doherty presented concerns to federal government

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

Most Read