Hemmera has engaged closely with AEP-FWS throughout the Project to support Project amendments to layout and technology throughout the permitting and approval process.
SOUTHERN ALBERTA WIND PROJECT
Hemmera led the environmental assessment of a southern Alberta wind power project to obtain an Alberta Environment and Parks Fish and Wildlife Stewardship (AEP-FWS) Renewable Energy Referral Report and supported the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) Rule 007 Approval for the Project. Working in consultation with AEP, Hemmera completed the pre-construction baseline environmental assessment, including wildlife habitat mapping, wetland assessment, sensitive wildlife surveys, and coordinated the Noise Impact Assessment and Historical Resources Impact Assessment. Hemmera also completed the project-specific Environmental Protection Plan, Construction and Operations Management Plan, and Post-construction Monitoring Plan, and prepared responses to both the AEP-FWS and AUC Supplemental Information Requests. Hemmera has engaged closely with AEP-FWS throughout the Project to support Project amendments to layout and technology throughout the permitting and approval process. Hemmera developed unique alternative mitigation measures to facilitate Project siting and maintain Project schedules and will be supporting environmental construction monitoring during construction of the Project to observe compliance with permitting conditions.
LANFINE WIND PROJECT
Bear Mountain Wind Park is a 34 turbine, 102 MW wind energy facility located in northeastern British Columbia, owned by AltaGas. The Bear Mountain Wind Park began commercial operation in 2009. At that time, it was the first commercial project to deliver wind-powered electricity to the BC power grid.
Since 2005, Hemmera has been an integral contributor to the project. Hemmera managed the environmental assessment (EA) and application, coordinated the pre-construction studies, and implemented the many commitments associated with environmental approval. In support of the project’s provincial environmental review process, Hemmera compiled EA documentation and liaised with regulatory agencies, undertook technical studies, and carried out environmental, economic, social, and health assessments.
Hemmera also led the adaptive management strategy for birds and bats affected by the wind park’s operation. Our adaptive approach entailed providing biological data for improved decision-making, addressing uncertainty over mitigation requirements, and reducing the costs associated with mitigation.
The Bear Mountain turbines currently generate enough renewable electricity to power most homes in BC’s South Peace region.
An Environmental Assessment Application was completed and submitted to achieve federal and provincial approvals. Hemmera supported the client in obtaining the necessary construction permits within the project implementation timeframe, and completed construction monitoring to the satisfaction of Environmental Assessment Certificate commitments and regulatory requirements. Operations monitoring for the first two to three years of operation was designed and implemented by Hemmera.