Quotation MarksHemmera successfully supported the Project from baseline data collection, through regulatory approvals, to the commencement of construction within a three-year period.

Client: TransAlta Corp.

Location: Fort Macleod , Alberta

Date: 2017- ongoing

Project Team: Mike Peckford
and Tyler Reid 

Received Regulatory Approval: October 18, 2019 

WINDRISE WIND PROJECT

Hemmera has led the environmental assessments for multiple wind power projects in Alberta for TransAlta, including the 207 MW Windrise Wind Project, which was selected by the Alberta Electric System Operator as one of the two successful projects in the third round of the Renewable Electricity Program. Hemmera led the regulatory consultation and submission to achieve an Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) Renewable Energy Referral Report for the project to support the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) Rule 007 Facility Application. Hemmera also supported the AEP and AUC Supplemental Information Requests, and worked closely with TransAlta to develop a project-specific environmental permitting strategy, including amendments related to technology and layout changes for the Project. 

Hemmera successfully supported the Project from baseline data collection, through regulatory approvals, to the commencement of construction within a three-year period. Hemmera has been recognized as having provided timely and strategic advice to expedite the AUC approval schedule, resulting in significant time and cost savings for the Project. Hemmera also engaged closely with AEP to minimize the soil survey effort prior to construction to comply with the Conservation and Reclamation Directive and is currently completing environmental monitoring during the construction of the Project.

BEAR MOUNTAIN 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.