EDF Inks MOU With First Nation Community To Build 500 MW Of Wind Power

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EDF EN Canada Inc. and the McLeod Lake Indian Band (MLIB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the potential development of over 500 MW of wind power in the Peace River Region of British Columbia.

The MOU includes three wind farms: the Sundance, Taylor and Wartenbe projects. EDF says both Taylor and Sundance are undergoing a BC Environmental Assessment, and the projects could deliver power as early as 2017, subject to clearing the regulatory process and securing off-take agreements. The developer says the Wartenbe project is construction-ready, having previously received its BC Environmental Assessment Certificate.

"We are extremely pleased to have entered into this MOU with McLeod Lake Indian Band," comments 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."

MLIB Chief Derek Orr adds, "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."

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