February 11, 2008 - Richmond, B.C. - EPCOR Utilities Inc. (“EPCOR”), through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary EPCOR Power Development (British Columbia) Limited Partnership, has initiated an environmental assessment process for the Quality Wind Project (“QWP”). This 100 to 200 megawatt (“MW”) wind energy project is proposed for an area approximately ten kilometres northeast of Tumbler Ridge.
The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (“EAO”) has issued a Section 10 Order formally triggering a review of the QWP under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act. EPCOR will be preparing environmental and socio-community studies in support of an application to the EAO for an environmental assessment certificate and will be undertaking an extensive dialogue and engagement program with regional stakeholders, First Nations and other Aboriginal communities throughout the environmental assessment process. The project description can be viewed on the EAO website at: http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca/.
EPCOR operates more than 3,400 MW of power generation throughout North America; 35 per cent of its generating capacity comes from renewable sources and waste energy recycling. In BC, EPCOR generates power from four small hydro facilities and one of the largest biomass facilities in North America, located in Williams Lake. In 2007, these facilities generated enough clean electricity to meet the average annual needs of 89,000 homes in BC. The company also operates the 40 MW Kingsbridge Wind Power Project located in Ontario.
The QWP was initiated by Chinook Power Corp., who will continue to act as a consultant to the project. Construction of the QWP will be subject to conditions such as regulatory approvals, economic and engineering assessments, successful participation in an anticipated competitive bid process by BC Hydro, and negotiation of a power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.
EPCOR Utilities Inc. builds, owns and/or operates power plants, electrical transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure in Canada and the United States. EPCOR has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for eight consecutive years, and is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta.
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