Dokie Wind Energy Receives Environment Certification Approval

Dokie Wind Energy Inc. received provincial environmental certification allowing it to build a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) wind energy project on Dokie Ridge in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. The certification is a key requirement for building its previously announced 180-MW wind energy project, which was awarded a 20-year, fixed-price electricity purchase agreement with BC Hydro on July 27.

The environmental assessment concluded that the Dokie project would have no significant adverse environmental, social or health effects on the surrounding area. In addition, the environmental assessment certification will allow Dokie to obtain the necessary provincial approvals and leases. “This certification confirms our ability to move forward with Dokie and also provides us with the future opportunity to expand the project to 300 megawatts from our current planned capacity of 180 megawatts,” added Eric McFadden, Chief Executive Officer of Dokie Wind Energy Inc. Dokie Ridge, which boasts one of the top-ranked wind resources in British Columbia, is strategically located adjacent to the 500 kV and 230 kV transmission lines, which originate at the WAC Bennett Dam. Dokie has completed its initial design engineering and preliminary interconnection study and has also received its environmental assessment certification from the provincial government as well as obtained critical First Nations and community support. Pre-construction work on the site is set to begin in the fall of 2006. Pursuant to the notification from BC Hydro, Dokie Wind Energy Inc. has the opportunity to supply 536 gigawatt hours of electricity per year generated from its planned 180-MW Dokie wind energy project for 20 years, subject to a number of conditions, which include signing a standard form electricity purchase agreement with BC Hydro.
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