VANCOUVER, Feb. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - The Clean Energy Association of BC
(CEBC) today welcomed the BC Government's new natural gas and LNG
energy strategies as good news with the potential to stimulate economic
activity across the energy sector and generate new jobs and investment
throughout the province in rural and First Nations communities.
"The BC Government's new natural gas and LNG energy strategies have the
potential to stimulate economic activity across the energy sector on a
scale comparable to the W.A.C. Bennett hydro developments of the
1960s," said Paul Kariya, Executive Director of the CEBC. "BC's clean
energy producers strongly support the plan to use clean electricity as
the preferred source for power in LNG production in order to maximize
the environmental benefits of natural gas exports."
While the government announcement did not include an estimate of the
potential electrical demand from the gas sector at this time, a recent
study prepared for the Canadian Wind Energy Association poses a
"Mid-Case" demand for an additional 6,112 gigawatt hours by 2017 and
17,292 GWh by 2025 to service natural gas developments and new mines in
northern BC. This compares with BC Hydro's current total energy
requirements of approximately 55,000 GWh per year.
CEBC recognizes the significant opportunity for First Nations to benefit
from the growth of the natural gas and renewable energy industries.
There already are 125 First Nations involved in the clean energy sector
as developers, partners or suppliers and through impact benefit
"This is an unprecedented opportunity for BC First Nations to
participate as key partners in the development agenda," said CEBC Board
Director Dr. Judith Sayers, former Chief Councilor of the Hupacasath
First Nation and an experienced project developer.
"The CEBC will be pleased to work with BC Hydro, the BC Government, the
natural gas sector and other key stakeholders government to develop
procurement plans that maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of
clean energy inputs to meet the forthcoming load growth," Kariya said.
SOURCE Clean Energy BC
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