Many of the best sites in BC have been selected by companies to consider wind development. Most projects are all the edge of the Rockies in the Peace Country.
Wind development in BC suffers from the fact that it costs a lot to develop and the rates paid in BC are not very high. Micro hydro is a much better investment.
Approved Wind Projects:
Earth First Power has a number of projects in BC, first are the ones that have been approved to be built:
- Dokie Wind Energy Project south of WAC Bennett Dam - 200 turbines
- Wartenbe Wind Energy Project 1o km south east of Chetwynd - 47 turbines
They are looking at locations on the coast and the southern interior as well. The company is in creditor protection and it is not clear if any work is going ahead.
AltaGas Income Trust has the Bear Mountain Wind Park Project 16 km south west of Dawson Creek. Construction started in December of 2007 and is supposed to open in November of 2009.
The Holberg Wind Energy Project was approved in October 2004, but has since been canceled by the owner.
Seabreeze Power Corp has the Knob Hill Wind Farm Project on the north end of Vancouver Island. I suspect there has been very little work on this project because the costs outweigh the benefits. The company has been focusing on transmission line projects between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Seabrezze is looking at several locations around BC, though nothing within the assessment process.
That is it for approved wind projects in BC.
Wind Projects Under Serious Consideration:
Finavera Renewables has a number of projects in the BC. The following are in environmental assessment:
- The Tumbler Ridge Wind Energy Project near Tumbler Ridge
- The Wildmare Project north west of Chetwynd
- Mount Clifford Wind Energy Project near Tumbler Ridge
- Bullmoose Wind Energy Project 18 km west of Tumbler Ridge
Premier Renewable Energy has within the environmental assessment process the Nicomen Wind Energy Project 12 km south east of Lytton. They also have Marten Ridge Wind Energy near Fernie.
Fred Olsen Renewables have two projects in the environmental assessment process. This is a large Norwegian company with operating wind farms in Europe. They also operate ferries, cruiseships and the worldest largest ship, the Knock Nevis, which is now only used to store oil and not ship anything anywhere. Their pockets are deep enough to build any approved projects
Nomis Power Corp has the Nahwittee Wind Farm Project in the assessment process. The project is 50 km north west of Port Hardy. The project has been in the EA process for over four years now.
Naikun Wind Development has the NaiKun Offshore Wind Energy Project in the assessment process. The project is off of Haida Qwaii. The project has been in the EA process for over five years now. The project is huge, but I can not see it happening anytime soon. The capital costs are simply astronomical.
Epcor has the Quality Wind Project in the assessment process. The project is near Tumble Ridge.
Aeolis Wind Power Corporation has one project in the assessment project, Thunder Mountain Wind Park 33 km south east of Tumbler Ridge.
Katabatic Power/North Coast Wind Energy Corp has the Banks Island North Wind Energy Project in the assessment process. This is 90 km south of Prince Rupert. Katabatic also has the Mount Hays Wind Farm, but it has been stalled. This project is small enough to not need to go through the assessment process. They are planning on building this project in the next year.