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US sees smaller role for Canada in energy supply

By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, December 17, 2010

A new energy outlook report from the United States government appears to dampen British Columbia's hopes for an expanded energy export industry.

Canada's Fight to Stop States From Lowering Fuel Carbon Levels

Geoff Dembicki, TheTyee, December 7, 2010

How Alberta, Ottawa and oil sands corporations are teaming to oppose climate change laws across America. First in a multi-part series.

In late September, California's outgoing Republican governor declared all-out war on a fossil fuel cabal opposed to his state's landmark climate change laws. "They are creating a shell argument that they are doing this to protect jobs," declared Arnold Schwarzenegger to a crowd of several hundred at the Commonwealth Club in Santa Clara. "Does anybody really believe they are doing this out of the goodness of their black oil hearts -- spending millions and millions of dollars to save jobs?"

GE's Bute Inlet Private Power Proposal - Update

Damien Gillis, The Common Sense Canadian, December 1, 2010

B.C.'s largest wind farm starting up

By Tom Fletcher, BC Local News, Hope Standard, November 24, 2010

B.C.'s second wind farm is up and running.

With 48 towers, Dokie Wind Farm near Chetwynd is larger than the 34-tower Bear Mountain Wind near Dawson Creek, which started feeding the BC Hydro grid in October 2009.

Environmental Assessment Act needs to be revamped

By Mark Haddock and Chris Tollefson, Vancouver Sun, November 16, 2010

Environmental Assessment in British ColumbiaOttawa's rejection of the Prosperity Mine did more than just stop an ill-conceived plan to destroy Fish Lake. The decision also vividly demonstrates the problems with British Columbia's environmental assessment law.

Glacier/Howser energy purchase agreement cancelled

Chris Shepherd, Nelson Post, November 12, 2010

BC Hydro and AXOR, the company behind the Glacier/Howser power project, no longer have a power purchase agreement. Just what that means for the controversial hydroelectric generating project is unclear, but the Nelson-Creston MLA says it’s “great news.”

Plutonic Power Issues Progress Update &Third Quarter Financial Results

News Release, Plutonic Power Corporation, November 10, 2010

Plutonic Power Corporation, (the "Company") (PCC: TSX) announced today a progress update and its financial results in Canadian Dollars for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2010.


Loss of champion unnerving

Paul Luke, The Province, November 07, 2010

Yet, despite Gordon Campbell's exit, private-power producers optimistic

B.C.'s private power producers have a mild case of nerves as they brace for the departure of a key champion -- Premier Gordon Campbell.

Rough ride for run-of-river projects

By Robert Freeman, Chilliwack Progress, November 04, 2010

A mix of of issues, political, practical and provocative, peppered a run-of-river hydro proponent Wednesday in Chilliwack, and the federal and provincial agents whose job it is to approve or to deny the projects.

Not all run-of-river projects are approved, Kathy Eichenberger, a project assessment director at the BC Environmental Assessment Office, said in response to one cynic at the open house meeting.

Plutonic and GE Achieve Substantial Completion of Toba Montrose Hydroelectric Power Project in BC

Press Release, Plutonic Power Corp., November 3, 2010

Vancouver, BC -- November 3, 2010 -- Plutonic Power Corporation (PCC: TSX) and GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), are pleased to announce the achievement of substantial completion of the Toba Montrose hydroelectric project, located near Powell River, BC.

California Proposition 23 spells death to B.C.'s 'clean energy powerhouse'

By Jim Quail,, October 23, 2010

The B.C. Premier’s Office has locked its smallish collective brain onto the notion that B.C. Hydro can be used as a catalyst to subsidize and launch a huge lucrative electricity export trade. Their slogan (slogans substitute for analysis these days) is “A Clean Energy Powerhouse.” B.C.’s energy policy, as reflected in the new Clean Energy Act, is premised on the belief that privately-developed run-of-river hydroelectricity can provide a large new export business, cashing in on premium prices for non-polluting electricity sales into the huge California market.

B.C. launches power program to take on Ontario

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, Oct. 04, 2010

Not content to watch Ontario’s attractive rates for green energy draw billions of dollars in investment, the B.C. government is flirting with new rules to accommodate more clean electricity projects.

Barriers remain to first nations green energy projects

DON CAYO, Vancouver Sun, September 15, 2010

Provincial promises have not panned out

The current industrial economy brought great prosperity to much of the province, but B.C.'s first nations were, with a few exceptions, largely shut out.

Environmentalists stunned by failures of key measures in Legislature

By Evan Halper, Marc Lifsher and Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2010

Activists expected big gains, but a ban on plastic grocery bags, another on a chemical used in baby bottles and a bid to boost alternative energy fell short in the face of heavy industry opposition.

"Pacific Gas & Electric ultimately worked to scuttle the bill, because it would have prohibited the company from counting power it buys from Canadian hydropower plants toward the proposed 33% goal."

Glacier-Howser power project back on frontburner

Nelson Star, August 30, 2010

The proponents of the Glacier-Howser independent power project have resubmitted their application to B.C.’s environmental assessment office, in a move already being slammed by the NDP.

A public review of the 100-megawatt proposal has been on hold since last year when the office asked Axor Corp. to better explain how they would protect fish habitat. A revised submission has now been put forth, but Nelson-Creston MLA Michelle Mungall says the environment minister should nip it in the bud.

Tyson Lake - Tyson Creek - Tzoonie River update

Daniel Bouman, Sunshine Coast Conservation Association, August 20, 2010

The SCCA has published an update about the Tyson Lake - Tyson Creek - Tzoonie River situation on its website it has also put up the Order that the Water Stewardship Division gave to the company last April 24 which clarifies a number of details about what happened.

“Electron Laundering”: how British Columbia sells coal energy to California and calls it “green”

Chuck DeVore, California State Assemblyman,, August 14, 2010

California and the International Green Energy Racket

Last week, the premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell, paid a visit to the California State Legislature. He spoke at length about his province’s green energy partnership with California in supplying California with electricity while helping the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals.

Gordon Campbell addresses the California Assembly

Gordon Campbell, California Assembly, August 12, 2010

In all, the Premier's address took just over five minutes. The picture shows he was speaking to a pretty empty room.

The theme: BC is honoured to be participating with California in the Western Climate Initiative, and some bumpf about BC's green energy.

A quote from JFK, a quote from Goethe. About acting on your hopes, and being bold.

Then a bunch of thank-yous to the assembly and the state. Kinda like the Oscars.

Click here to download the address.

Largest source of independent power in B.C. goes on the grid

SCOTT SIMPSON, Vancouver Sun, August 10, 2010

$663-million Toba run-of-river project outperforms many BC Hydro facilities

Plutonic Power passed a milestone for its Toba Inlet projects on Monday with the commencement of full-scale power delivery to BC Hydro.

BC's Largest Independent Run-Of-River Hydro Project Starts Generating Clean Power

News Release, Plutonic Power Corp., August 9, 2010

VANCOUVER, BC - August 9, 2010 - Plutonic Power Corporation (TSX: PCC) and GE Energy Financial Services, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), announced today that their Toba Montrose General Partnership ("TMGP") has commenced selling electricity to BC Hydro under an Electricity Purchase Agreement ("EPA") from power generated by the East Toba River and Montrose Creek generation facilities.

BC Hydro reveals contract prices for new power

Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, August 3, 2010

Independents contracted for average of $124 per megawatt hour for firm electricity

BC Hydro will pay an average $100 per megawatt hour in new electricity contracts with independent power producers, the Crown corporation said Tuesday.

That price includes payments as low as $76.20 per megawatt hour for non-firm or intermittent power purchases from wind farms and run of river hydro facilities in months of low electricity demand.

Staking out B.C.’s place in a clean energy market

Rebecca Lindall, Globe and Mail, July 29, 2010

David Parkins for the Globe and Mail

Will the Clean Energy Act clear the way for British Columbia to become a significant exporter of clean energy?

California likely won't water down hydro requirements

Sean Holman, Public Eye, July 13, 2010

A former California assemblyman who spearheaded an effort to increase the use of green energy has said he doesn't think it's likely his state will count British Columbia's run-of-the-river power as renewable.

California's Big 'No' to British Columbia

By Sean Holman,, July 8, 2010

Lobbying effort to get 'renewable energy' approval from state's politicians came up empty.

The provincial government has been pushing California to count the electricity generated by British Columbia's independent run-of-the-river power projects as renewable energy -- allowing it be sold at a premium to the state's electric utilities.

Tapped Out

Todd Butler on Canada's water sellout. Click to play

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