BC Hydro announces first group of successful projects in Clean Call

"These first project selections represent a significant step forward in meeting our provincial goal of becoming energy self-sufficient and building a clean energy powerhouse here in B.C.," said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

"Together, these clean energy projects represent 3,000 person years of employment during construction and $3 billion in capital investment in our province," Lekstrom said. "This is the first step towards meeting our Throne Speech commitment to fair, predictable, clean power calls that will feature simplified procurement protocols and new measures to encourage investment in this province."

"These projects were selected because they are among the most advanced clean energy proposals put forward," said Bev Van Ruyven, acting President and Chief Executive Officer of BC Hydro. "We look forward to announcing more of these projects in the weeks ahead as we advance towards our target of acquiring up to 5,000 gigawatt hours a year of clean, reliable electricity generated here in British Columbia."

Following execution of the contracts, BC Hydro will submit the electricity purchase agreements to the British Columbia Utilities Commission for its review. Further project details, including the range of electricity prices to be paid, will be available in BC Hydro’s filing to the commission.

A further 28 projects remain in the Clean Power Call and BC Hydro expects to select additional projects for the award of electricity purchase agreements in late March depending on the progress of discussions with proponents. In addition, BC Hydro will assess the adequacy of the proponents’ consultation with First Nations.

The Quality Wind Power Project is a wind energy project located approximately 10 km northeast of the District of Tumbler Ridge in the Peace River Region. The wind farm utilizes 74 wind turbines and qualifies as clean or renewable electricity in accordance with the guidelines published by the BC Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources.

The Bullmoose Wind Energy Project is a wind project located in the Peace Region approximately 22 km west of Tumbler Ridge. The wind farm will use 20 wind turbines.

The Meikle Wind Power is a wind farm  located in the Peace Region, approximately 23 km northwest of Tumbler Ridge. The wind farm will use 55 wind turbines.

The Tumbler Ridge Wind Energy Project is a wind farm located in the Peace Region approximately 8 km southwest of Tumbler Ridge. The wind farm will use 30 wind turbines.

The Wildmare Wind Energy Project is a wind farm located in the Peace Region, approximately 7 km west of Chetwynd. The wind farm will use 35 wind turbines.