Wind Energy ready to answer BC Hydro's call for power



    OTTAWA, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - British Columbia is about to enter a new
era of clean energy generation with the largest clean power call ever issued
in the province, setting the stage for BC's untapped potential of wind energy
to be realized. BC Hydro is asking power producers to submit proposals that
collectively will add up to 5,000 gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean or renewable
energy per year, enough to power 500,000 homes.
    Wind energy can generate this power through the installation of
1,600 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity. With over 5,000 MW of potential
generating capacity in the province, wind energy is in a perfect position to
be part of the province's 'balanced energy diet'. 1,600 MW of wind energy
capacity would represent close to $4-Billion in investment and would create
3,000 jobs throughout the province, placing BC amongst the leaders in wind
energy generation in Canada.
    "Our members have been anxiously awaiting this opportunity and are ready
to respond. Despite the fact that British Columbia is only now starting
construction of its first wind energy projects, the province has some of the
best conditions in North America for viable wind energy facilities. Our
members have participated in calls of this magnitude in other provinces which
have turned to wind energy to help meet their energy needs," says Canadian
Wind Energy Association President Robert Hornung. "We anticipate an
overwhelming response that will represent significantly more power than BC
Hydro is looking for."
    Wind energy is among the fastest growing renewable energy technologies in
the world, increasing by approximately 32 per cent globally over the last five
years. Wind energy has proven to be a clean, abundant and renewable source of
energy that is reliable and economical to produce. Currently Canada has
1,856 MW of wind energy - producing enough electricity to power 563,000 homes.
Globally, the wind energy industry now supplies 94,000 MW of electricity
capacity to systems around the world.
    Wind energy is clean and does not contribute to climate change, acid
deposition or produce hazardous waste by-products making it a natural supplier
to BC's Energy Plan, which calls for all new electricity generation projects
to have zero net green house gas emissions and 90 per cent of the province's
electricity to come from clean or renewable sources.
    The province's abundant wind energy reserves know no geographical
boundary with potential seen in the Fraser Valley, North and Central Coast,
Peace River district, Vancouver Island, as well as throughout much of South
Eastern British Columbia. Wind energy is an untapped resource matched with an
extremely proven generation method, which can be installed quickly to meet
rapidly growing energy demands.

    About CanWEA

    The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) and its members advocate
the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy throughout Canada. For
more information on wind energy development in Canada visit: www.canwea.ca




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