Toronto, (Ontario) Oct 25, 2013: EDF Renewables Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and West Moberly First Nations (WMFN) are pleased to announce they have jointly signed a Protocol Agreement regarding the development of three wind energy projects representing over 500 megawatts of clean renewable power in the Peace River Region of British Columbia.
The three projects are the Sundance Wind Project, Taylor Wind Project and Wartenbe Wind Project. The Taylor and Sundance projects are undergoing a BC Environmental Assessment. In the event environmental certification is received for Sundance and Taylor, and subject to receiving power off-take agreements from BC Hydro, the projects could deliver power as early as 2016. The Wartenbe project received its BC Environmental Certificate in 2006.
EDF Renewables recognizes the importance of meaningful engagement and consultation with First Nations early in project development and maintenance of a constructive relationship throughout the lifecycle of the project.
“We are extremely pleased to have entered into this Protocol Agreement with West Moberly First Nations,” commented Cory Basil, Vice President of Development at EDF Renewables. “The agreement formalizes our relationship and reflects a mutual commitment between the parties to work together respectfully and collaboratively to ensure development of the proposed lands takes into consideration West Moberly First Nations interests. It further illustrates our best intentions and efforts to bring economic benefits and opportunities to West Moberly First Nations and the Peace River Region.”
West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson said, “We look forward to continuing our positive relationship with EDF Renewables regarding the development of these projects within our traditional territory in a manner respectful of the environment and our rights under Treaty 8.”
EDF Renewables is a leader in renewable energy project development with a portfolio of more than 1,300 MW of wind energy facilities in operation and under construction across Canada.