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