Test-pilot for BC’s environmental mitigation policy
On-site compliance assessment at the Upper Lillooet Hydro Project in British Columbia.
Innergex participated in the BC Ministry of Environment consultations on its proposed Policy for Mitigating Impacts on Environmental Values, and when it came time to test the policy’s implementation on some actual projects, the company volunteered to do so at its Tretheway Creek hydro project. The trial applications aimed to bring consistency to identifying environmental values and components, developing impact assessments, using the mitigation hierarchy and selecting mitigation measures. Over the last two years, the company has used the policy as a framework for deciding on appropriate mitigation measures for the Tretheway Creek project. In particular, it addressed the possible impact of the transmission line trajectory on potential spotted owl habitat by designating a specific area for the eventual reintroduction of this species by the province and by contributing financially to this effort.
SWITCH, alliance for a greener economy in Quebec
In 2013, Innergex became a partner and member of the advisory committee of SWITCH, an “alliance” among industry associations, non-governmental organizations, and investment funds to advocate for strong political, economic and social leadership, coherent government policies, and private-public collaboration in fostering the transition to a greener Quebec economy. The company’s participation stems from its desire to act on its vision of a greener future.
The Energy Forum
In 2013, Innergex became a founding member of The Energy Forum, a collaboration among British Columbia independent power producers, industry associations, and non-governmental organizations working to address energy, climate and ecosystem challenges. The goal of this organization is to foster dialogue to address such issues as climate change, environmental stewardship, responsible development and energy efficiency.
World Wildlife Fund Canada
Over the last few years, Innergex has collaborated with World Wildlife Fund Canada as part of the BC government’s consultative process on water issues. Representatives from both organizations participated in the technical advisory group on the proposed Water Sustainability Act, in support of such issues as regulating ground water and incorporating environmental water flows in all water licensing decisions.
“Innergex’s collaboration, as co-chair of the Energy Forum’s water ‘squadron’, on the BC Water Sustainability Act has increased our understanding of the operational and field challenges of implementing a new water law in BC and is helping to reach our goal of improving legal protection for environmental flows in this province.”
Linda Nowlan, WWF-Canada’s Interim Regional Director, British Columbia and Pacific