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BC Hydro selects 4 more projects for EPA awards

BC Hydro, March 31, 2010

BC Hydro has selected an additional 4 projects for the award of electricity purchase agreements in the first set of awards under the Clean Power Call. The list of the selected Proposals can be viewed on the Selected Proposals page.

California power market tough to crack

By SCOTT SIMPSON, Vancouver Sun, March 25, 2010

B.C. green power may not qualify for top rates given to renewable energy projects

British Columbia should not look to California to support its ambitions to develop a lucrative renewable electricity export industry, a U.S. power market expert said this week.

BC Hydro selects 19 projects for EPA awards

BC Hydro, March 11, 2010

BC Hydro has selected 19 projects for the award of electricity purchase agreements in the first set of awards under the Clean Power Call. The list of the selected Proposals can be viewed on the Selected Proposals page.

Developers delay $4-billion Bute hydro project

David Ebner, Globe and Mail, Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010

Plutonic Power Corp. and General Electric Co. will delay their controversial, $4-billion Bute hydroelectric project north of Vancouver, a decision made amid the public-policy confusion that has beset energy development in British Columbia.

SIB, Plutonic sign impact benefit agreement

Jenny Wagler, Coast Reporter, February 19, 2010

Representatives of the Sechelt Indian Band (SIB) and Plutonic Power Corporation signed a second long-term Impact Benefit Agreement (IBA) Thursday, Feb. 11, regarding a 500-kV transmission line on Band territory, which could be used for the proposed 1,030-MW Bute Inlet hydroelectric project as well as future projects.

Critics worry eco-standards eroded

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, February 11, 2010

The throne speech maps out a path to lower environmental standards and a gold-rush mentality, say environmental groups.

"The spectre of an environmental-assessment regime whose governing criteria are speed and money is cause for deep concern," said George Heyman, executive director of the Sierra Club B.C.

$100 donation promise is one that John Hunter should pay

Ralph Keller, Courier-Islander, Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Re: Lynda Belter and John Hunter's $100 dollar donation.

The decision by the BCUC on BC Hydro's Application for Approval of the 2008 Long Term Acquisition Plan (LTAP) is a lengthy document. On page 131 is the following statement:

IPPs raise stakes in energy debate

Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, February 6, 2010

Independent power producers seek parity with other Hydro customers, but critics argue move would negatively impact ratepayers

Independent power producers seek economic opportunities and benefits from government similar to those available for British Columbia industries such as forestry and mining, according to a document obtained by The Vancouver Sun.

Run-of-the-river projects threaten efforts to become green

By Melissa Davis, Vancouver Sun, January 29, 2010

It's not easy being green, as the saying goes, and nowhere more so than here in British Columbia.

Plutonic plans postponed

DAN MACLENNAN, Courier-Islander, Wednesday, January 27, 2010

It's going to take much longer than first thought for Plutonic Power to submit an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for its massive Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project.

Participant Funding Process Postponed

News Release, CEAA, January 21, 2010

"OTTAWA, January 21, 2010 - The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is postponing its participant funding process for the proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project in British Columbia due to changes in timelines associated with the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement.

Environmental Groups Recommend New Approaches to Clean Electricity in BC

Media Release, David Suzuki Foundation, Pembina Institute, Watershed Watch Salmon Society, West Coast Environmental Law, December 17, 2009

Several environmental organizations today released a blueprint for improving the planning and development of renewable electricity projects in British Columbia. The recommendations, authored by the David Suzuki Foundation, the Pembina Institute, Watershed Watch Salmon Society and West Coast Environmental Law, have been endorsed by 25 environmental organizations across the province.

Federal Environmental Assessment for Upper Toba approved


December 7, 2009 -- Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have taken the following course of action on December 7, 2009 relating to the screening of the Upper Toba Valley Hydroelectric Project. The authorities may exercise any power or perform any duty or function with respect to the project because, after taking into consideration the screening report and taking into account the implementation of appropriate mitigation measures, the authorities are of the opinion that the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

Independent power costs raise questions about B.C. policy

Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, December 4, 2009

Depending on whom you choose to believe, a wholesale expansion of British Columbia's electricity supply is either fiscal folly or a wise investment in the future.

Both Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom and the Independent Power Producers Association of B.C. (IPPBC) anticipate that the government's plan to contract several billion dollars' worth of new private sector electricity development will strengthen both domestic power supply and B.C.'s natural advantages in the power export market.

Bute application delayed until 2011

This is an extract from a December 3, 2009 letter from Bute Hydro Inc. to the Chair of the federal Review Panel.

"Upon review, we believe that additional fieldwork and analysis regarding some of the VECs [valued ecosystem components] are required before we will be in a position to submit our EIS.

"BHI will be focusing on additional fisheries baseline studies and hydrology in greater depth through the spring and fall of 2010. ... Once this data has been compiled and analyzed, BHI will be in a position to re-evaluate the timeline for submitting our EIS.

"We remain committed to successfully permitting and developing the Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project."

Click here for the complete document.

BC Hydro Advances 36 Hydroelectric Projects

Renewable Energy World, November 23 2009

BC Hydro announced a total of 47 British Columbia renewable energy projects, including 36 hydro projects, remain under consideration for power purchases under its 2008 Clean Power Call.

The province-owned utility said Nov. 17, 2009, that it will begin discussions with the developers of 13 proposed hydroelectric and wind power projects that it has identified as the most cost-effective. Additionally, it will offer developers of the other 34 projects the opportunity to make their proposals more cost-effective.

B.C. power project hits another roadblock

Justine Hunter, Globe and Mail, November 23, 2009

Run of River Power Inc. is searching for a buyer for output from Metro Vancouver project

Victoria — A run-of-the-river power project in Metro Vancouver, having achieved the distinction of uniting the New Democrat Party and the B.C. Liberals in opposition, has met with another major setback.

The Upper Pitt hasn't made the short list for a clean energy call from BC Hydro.

BC Hydro proceeds with next step of Clean Power Call

News Release, BC Hydro, November 17, 2009

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro is continuing to advance the Clean Power Call to acquire clean, renewable and cost-effective electricity, the crown corporation announced today. The Clean Power Call will support the BC Energy Plan's goal of achieving electricity self-sufficiency in the province by 2016. In addition, it will support the province's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage economic development.

Community Celebrates Bute Inlet

Friends of Bute Inlet, Media Release, November 16, 2009

Quadra Island - A dark and stormy night didn’t deter more than 150 people who gathered at Quadra’s Community Centre to celebrate Bute Inlet. Organized by Sierra Quadra and Friends of Bute Inlet, the Saturday evening event included slides and video depicting Bute’s incredible natural beauty, and presentation of contest-winning photos soon to be published as postcards.

Entries and Winners in the Bute Inlet Photo Contest

The 41 entries in the first Bute Inlet Photo Contest were shown at the Quadra Community Centre to a packed hall. The 4 winners were announced at the event.

Michael Felber, Port Townsend

Jeremy Williams, Powell River
Bute Inlet, Dall’s Porpoise

Bob Morgan, Stuart Island
Needle Peaks

Kent O'Neil, Quadra Island
Bute Inlet from Granite Peak Side

View all the photos here

Federal Panel and Secretariat visit Bute Inlet

The Federal Review Panel and the Secretariat visited Bute Inlet by boat and by air, visited Toba Inlet, and flew the entire transmission line route on September 1 & 2, 2009.

A report summary, maps and photographs (some quite excellent) was released on November 9, and is available here.

B.C. government orders Burrard Thermal writeoff

By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, October 29, 2009

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government has written off the aging Burrard Thermal generating plant as a reliable source of electricity.

Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom announced late Wednesday that BC Hydro can no longer include the 50-year-old, gas-fired plant on its roster of power generating facilities.

Province Advances Commitment to Clean, Renewable Energy

Media Release, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, October 28, 2009

VICTORIA – As part of its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases and become a clean energy powerhouse, the Province has clarified its intention to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) to end BC Hydro’s reliance on the Burrard Thermal Generating Facility for energy needs. The decision was announced today by Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

Pristine Power acquires 57% ownership of Klinaklini project

News release, Pristine Power, October 9, 2009

Download news release here.

Tapped Out

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

We walked w. Alex!