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Wind / Renewable Energy Industry

Wind Parks

Bear MountainBear Mountain Wind Park

The AltaGas Bear Mountain Wind Park, located to the southwest of Dawson Creek, is the first fully operational wind park in British Columbia.  The wind park was established by the Peace Energy Cooperative and features a single row of 34- 3 megawatt Enercon E-82 wind turbine generators- the park produces a total of 102 megawatts of power.  In 2009 the park was commissioned and connected to British Columbia’s power grid.  The park delivers enough energy to power most of British Columbia’s South Peace region.  The site where the wind park sits is still used for cattle grazing and by the public for hiking, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing.

Dokie

Plutonic Power Corp. and GE Energy Financial Services have achieved commercial operations status as of February 17, 2011 of BC’s largest wind farm.  The fully operating Dokie wind farm now provides clean energy to BC Hydro under a 25-year Electricity Purchase Agreement.  The farm has 43 wind turbines and is capable of generating 320,00 to 340,000 MWh per year.  For more information the press release is provided below.

Dokie wind farm press release

The following link is to a CBC online media article on South Peace wind energy:

Wind Energy in the South Peace- CBC News Online

Projects

Wind Energy

  • Proponents - CP renewable Energy Ltd. (Partnership), Finavera Renewable Inc.
  • BC Hydro has selected 19 projects for an award of an electrical purchasing agreement under their Clean Power Call Purchase as of June 21, 2010.
  • Of these 19, four are wind energy projects located in the Tumbler Ridge area.
  • Their combined total out put will be around 364 megawatts of power.

(Proposed) Centennial Green

  • Proponent - Peace Energy Cooperative (link opens in new window)
  • The establishment and construction of a facility that uses and showcases renewable energy.
  • The proposal is for a public facility in the heart of Dawson Creek using the old Dawson Creek swimming pool building.   The redesigned building will hold an indoor public square, farmers market, library, children’s indoor playground, café, and district heating utility.
  • The building will also be used as the centre for a hydronic district heating system which will use the old pool as a means of heating other buildings.  The access heat that near by skating rinks put off in the winter from their refrigeration systems will be used to heat the water in the pool.  The water can than be circulated to other municipal buildings as free heat.  The system will be able to heat around 300,000 square feet.