Canada province accepts applications for 11 projects of 305 MW

The government of British Columbia has accepted applications for licenses and land rights to develop 11 run-of-river hydropower projects totaling 305 MW.

Plutonic Power Corp. announced March 31 the Water Stewardship Division in B.C.’s Ministry of Environment and the Integrated Land Management Bureau in B.C.’s Ministry of Agriculture and Lands had accepted the company’s applications for the projects.

Plutonic did not identify the projects by name, citing competitive concerns, but one company official said capacities ranged from 18 MW to 41 MW. As a group, the plants are expected to generate a total of about 972 GWh annually.

�While not all of these projects may become viable, identifying and adding these 11 new potential sites to our project portfolio is indicative of the abundance of clean energy potential we are blessed with in the region,� Plutonic Chief Executive Officer Donald McInnes said.

In addition to determining whether to grant the water licenses and land rights, the government must determine whether the projects are subject to the province’s environmental assessment process.

�Like our other projects,� McInnes said, �these sites will be subject to ongoing hydrological and environmental studies, as well as First Nation and stakeholder consultation while working through the regulatory process to ensure the sites meet the needs of all British Columbians.�

The 11 projects are among 40 Plutonic has proposed for a Green Power Corridor. The 40 projects include C$660 million (US$645 million) 123-MW East Toba River and 73-MW Montrose Creek, now under construction. (HNN 3/17/08) The 40 projects total about 2,000 MW and could power 620,000 homes while offsetting 4 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, Plutonic said.

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