BC Joins the Wind Revolution



    DAWSON CREEK, BC, Aug. 6 /CNW/ - Tzeporah Berman, Executive Director of
PowerUP Canada, was on hand for today's opening of the Bear Mountain Wind
Park. Berman celebrated the spinning turbines and called for more aggressive
laws and policies to build a clean economy and combat global warming:
    "From beetle infestations to the fires raging through our province, we
can see the danger of a hotter planet in our daily lives. Frankly, it's about
time BC got some wind energy on line. Three-quarters of BC's energy still
comes from fossil fuels. If we're going to get cars and factories onto a green
grid, we need aggressive action by the Provincial and Federal Governments."
    PowerUP Canada sees British Columbia having important advantages which
could make the province a model for the world. With the base load power from
big hydro dams backing up a modern renewable grid, B.C. could build a model
for a fossil fuel-free world. It will take aggressive action by government,
the private sector and all British Columbians to promote efficiency, clean
energy and deploy technologies like electric vehicles.
    Berman cited newly published research showing that Canada has much more
wind potential than previously recognized: "Canada has the second largest wind
potential in the world, but we have to keep pace with investments being made
in the United States, Europe and China. Canadians deserve the jobs and
economic potential here at home and global warming means we have no time to
lose."

    
    Facts:

    Canada has the second largest wind energy potential in the world (after
    Russia) - 78,000 TWh (onshore) and 21,000 TWh (offshore). Canada's total
    electricity consumption is 540 TWh -
    http://www.pnas.org/content/106/27/10933.full.pdf

    Globally, Renewable Energy financing surpassed fossil fuels in 2008.
    http://sefi.unep.org/english/globaltrends2009.html

    Wind power projects make up 42 percent of new U.S. generating capacity.
    http://eetd.lbl.gov/ea/ems/reports/2008-wind-technologies.pdf

    Globally, the U.S. ranks number one for installed capacity (25,150 MW);
    Canada came in at 11th place - http://www.gwec.net/

    Canada has 2246 MW installed capacity: Ontario 781MW; Quebec 531MW;
    Alberta 524MW; Saskatchewan 171MW; Prince Edward Island 72MW; BC is the
    last province to have wind energy.
    http://www.canwea.ca/pdf/Canada%20Current%20Installed%20Capacity_e.pdf
    CanWEA estimates we could get 20% of energy needs by 2025 creating
    50,000 jobs.
    





For further information:

For further information: Tzeporah Berman at Bear Mountain Wind Park,
(604) 313-4713, www.zerocarboncanada.ca, twitter/Tzeporah

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