Thu 12 Jun 2008
Below is the press release form BC Hydro for the newest call for tenders. The call is for approximately 10% (5000 GWh) of the current energy demand in BC. In our view, acquiring such large amounts of power is highly irresponsible by the government. The detrimental ecological impacts that will be associated with such development will be vast since it can be expected that major power sources will be located in wilderness areas. For example, Plutonic Powers proposal for Bute Inlet will require approx. 400 km of new transmission lines. Further, the claim that these power projects are carbon neutral is highly questionable since environmental impacts are not accounted for. Cradle to coffin concepts are also non existent in the calculations that are used as the basis for the advertising of these projects.
June 11, 2008
VANCOUVER – BC Hydro launched its Clean Power Call today to encourage the development of clean or renewable energy alternatives.
The Clean Power Call Request for Proposals (RFP) will target up to 5,000 gigawatt hours of clean or renewable energy per year from larger projects using proven technologies, such as hydro, wind, solar, and geothermal energy, among others. The structured RFP will be a competitive process involving independent power producers across the province.
The Clean Power Call aligns with the BC Energy Plan, which calls for 90 per cent of electricity in the province to continue to come from clean or renewable sources and for all new electricity generation projects to have zero net greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the BC Energy Plan sets a target of electricity self-sufficiency by 2016.
To participate in the Clean Power Call, a power facility would have to meet the province’s guidelines for clean or renewable electricity. Awarded electricity purchase agreements will be filed with the British Columbia Utilities Commission.
The Clean Power Call complements the Standing Offer Program that was launched in April 2008, and the two-phase Bioenergy Call for Power, which released its Phase I RFP in February 2008. The Standing Offer Program targets smaller clean projects that generate up to 10 megawatts of power, while the Bioenergy Call for Power targets projects that utilize wood infected by the mountain pine beetle as well as other wood fibre fuel sources.
The design of the Clean Power Call RFP reflects stakeholder and First Nations engagement held in 2007.
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