B.C.'s Dokie 1 resumes operation

The 144MW Dokie 1 wind farm, the largest in British Columbia, has resumed operations after being shut down for several days as a precaution due to a nearby forest fire.

The wind farm was brought to a standstill on 16 July because of the nearby fire.

The project, which produces around 330,000MWh of power each year, was out of service for two days.

Canadian renewables developer Alterra Power and fund manager Fiera Axium each hold 25.5% stakes in the project, with GE Energy Financial Services holding the remaining 49%.

Dokie 1 is located on First Nations land 1,100km northeast of Vancouver, and was brought into service three years ago using 48 Vestas V90 turbines.

In the end, the fire never entered the project area, and the risk of it doing so has been “substantially reduced” thanks to cooler, wetter weather, and the construction of firebreaks, according to Alterra, which operates the wind farm.

Toronto-listed Alterra operates six renewables plants totaling 568MW and owns half of the capacity, including geothermal facilities in Iceland and Nevada.

Earlier this year the company acquired the 204MW Shannon wind project in Texas, for which it expects to close construction finance later this year – and reach commercial operation by mid-2015.