Quotation MarksWith Hemmera’s expert testimony, the AUC approved the Project Facility Application in less than two months.

Client: Pattern Energy

Location: Oyen, Alberta

Date: 2017- ongoing

Project Team: Mike Peckford and
Elyse MacDonald 

Received Regulatory Approval: January 27, 2020  

LANFINE WIND PROJECT
Hemmera completed the environmental evaluations for the Phase 1 and Phase 2 Buildable Area applications to the AUC for the 292 MW Lanfine Wind Project. In addition, Hemmera was successful in obtaining AEP Renewable Energy Referral Reports for each Buildable Area Phase. Hemmera also provided guidance on the micro-siting of Project components to reduce environmental impacts through avoidance of landscape and wildlife features wherever possible. As a result of Hemmera’s contribution to this Project, very few minor Information Requests were issued by the AUC and AEP during the permitting process. 

Hemmera’s Project Director also supported the Project by serving as an expert witness during the Project’s AUC public oral hearing. Hemmera testified to potential environmental impacts from the Project, particularly towards migratory bats, sharp-tailed grouse and native grassland. As a result of Hemmera’s expert testimony, the AUC approved the Project Facility Application in less than two months and did not apply any additional environment conditions onto the Project approval. 

LANFINE WIND PROJECT
Client: AltaGas
Location: Dawson Creek, BC
Date: 2005 – 2015
Project Team: Charlie Palmer, Ruth Hardy, Brian Paterson, Samantha Gidora
Overview

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.

Approach

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.

Results

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.

Quotation MarksSince 2005, Hemmera has been an integral contributor to the Bear Mountain Wind Project. Hemmera managed the environmental assessment and application, coordinated the pre-construction studies, and implemented the many commitments associated with environmental approval.