EDF EN Canada Signs Memorandum of Understanding with McLeod Lake Indian Band
Representatives from EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, and McLeod Lake Indian Band (MLIB) jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a ceremony conducted at the McLeod Lake Indian Band Annual Meeting. The MOU concerns the potential development of three wind energy projects representing over 500 megawatts (MW) of clean power in the Peace River Region of British Columbia.
'We are extremely pleased to have entered into this MOU with McLeod Lake Indian Band,' commented Cory Basil, Vice President of Development at EDF EN Canada. 'The MOU reinforces our relationship and commitment to meaningful engagement and consultation. We will continue to work together, respectfully and collaboratively, with MLIB on projects which will bring economic benefits and opportunities to the Band and the Peace River Region.'
McLeod Lake Indian Band Chief Derek Orr said, 'The McLeod Lake Indian Band supports EDF EN Canada in the responsible development of sustainable, non-polluting and environmentally sensitive wind energy in the Peace Region. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with EDF EN Canada and the addition of more wind power in our region.'
The three projects represented in the MOU are the Sundance Wind Project, Taylor Wind Project and Wartenbe Wind Project. Both Taylor and Sundance projects are undergoing a BC Environmental Assessment. The projects could deliver power as early as 2017 subject to clearing the environmental assessment process and securing power off-take agreements from BC Hydro. The Wartenbe project is construction ready, having previously received its BC Environmental Assessment Certificate.
By the end of 2015, EDF EN Canada will have placed into service 1,374 MW of wind and solar power in Canada and created employment opportunities for over 1,000 people in the development and construction phase of the projects.
About EDF EN Canada Inc.
EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvellese, is a market leader in renewable energy, with more than 1,300 MW of wind and solar power facilities in service or under construction. Headquartered in Toronto with offices in Montreal, EDF EN Canada employs an integrated approach to project development covering all aspects from conception to commissioning through to generation and long term operations. The subsidiary offers financial strength, technological innovation and an emphasis on service. EDF EN Canada draws on the market expertise of EDF Renewable Energy, EDF Energies Nouvelles' U.S. subsidiary. EDF Energies Nouvelles is 100% owned by the EDF Group. www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com www.edf-en.ca
About McLeod Lake Indian Band
McLeod Lake Indian Band is a First Nation of some 515 members with its administrative office located at McLeod Lake, some 150 km north of Prince George, and business offices in Mackenzie and Chetwynd, BC. McLeod Lake owns and operates logging and construction companies which help to enable it to participate in the economy of its territory in a sustainable manner. www.mlib.ca