Plutonic Power Corp. announced Aug. 13 it has filed applications with British Columbia to secure water licenses and crown land rights to develop run-of-river hydroelectric projects totaling 108 MW on Gargoyle Creek, Coola Creek, and Heakamie River.
Plutonic is proposing the 28-MW Gargoyle Creek, 32-MW Coola Creek, and 48-MW Heakamie River projects for sites near the headwaters of Bute Inlet, about 130 kilometers north of Powell River. The projects are expected to generate a total of about 320 gigawatt-hours annually, the company said.
Plutonic filed the applications with the Water Stewardship Division in the Ministry of Environment and with the Integrated Land Management Bureau in the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. In addition to determining whether to grant a water license and land rights, the government must determine whether the projects are subject to the province’s environmental assessment process.
Gargoyle Creek, Coola Creek, and Heakamie River bring the total number of proposed development projects in Plutonic’s portfolio to 34, including the 123-MW East Toba River and 73-MW Montrose Creek project, now under construction. (HNN 8/3/07) The 34 projects have a total design capacity of about 1,700 MW, and are expected to generate 5,500 GWh annually, Plutonic said.