Mowachaht/Muchalaht CEP

Developing a CEP focusing on energy efficiency opportunities, renewable energy resource assessments and identifying clean energy generation opportunities.

Project Type: Community Energy Plan
Energy Types Assessed: Solar, wind, wave and hydro
Status: Complete
Owned By: Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation
Status: Complete
Project Start Date: 2018
Expected Project Completion Date: 2019

The territory of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations (MMFN) is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island Once enemies, peace was established between the Mowachaht and Muchalaht, and today they are the Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation.

Barkley Project Group’s collaboration with MMFN to develop a CEP included a focus on energy efficiency opportunities in the community, as well as renewable energy resource assessments to identify clean energy generation opportunities at the historic village site of Yuquot.

As part of the CEP process, the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) at the University of Victoria carried out a wave resource assessment for the West Coast of Vancouver Island, within the MMFN Traditional Territory. PRIMED used a model called Simulating Waves Nearshore (SWAN) to assess data from two deployed buoys and data from the South Brooks buoy, which was obtained through Ocean Science Data Canada (OSDC). This assessment led to a follow-up front end engineering design (FEED) study to evaluate technologies and project design options for an innovative wave energy system to provide power at Yuquot. This project is ongoing.

This project has received support from the Province of BC and BC Hydro.