First Nations and Advanced Information Solution Leader Sign Accord to Boost Renewable Tidal Energy in B.C.

    VICTORIA, June 1 /CNW/ - An organization working to advance First
Nations' participation in energy projects has joined with a global leader in
advanced information solutions to sign an accord that they hope will help
unlock the vast, untapped potential of tidal energy in British Columbia, while
contributing to the improvement of the world's changing climate.
    In an agreement reached between the BC First Nations Energy and Mining
Council and MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the two
organizations have committed to cooperate on sustainable energy, initially
assessing the feasibility of on-grid tidal power generation.
    "We are proud of this accord. It marks an historic first between our
organization, which works to advance First Nations' energy and mining
interests, and a leading advanced solutions company with the expertise to help
make that happen," said Dave Porter, the Council's chief executive officer.
"We are also excited because it focuses on renewable energy, a priority for
our communities."
    It is estimated that harnessing tidal power in B.C. could generate 4,000
additional megawatts of electricity and be a major boost to British Columbia's
efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By comparison, the massive W.A.C.
Bennett dam generates slightly more than 2,700 megawatts at peak capacity.
    David Hargreaves, a vice president within MDA's Information Systems
group, stated that "MDA views this accord as a great opportunity to expand its
work in the field of renewable energy, while assisting First Nations in
creating sustainable economic development. MDA is working with the First
Nations to develop new business opportunities and corresponding solutions."
    Under the accord, the Council is, among other things, committed to
identifying and working with First Nations' communities with an interest in
participating in on-grid tidal energy production.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Blom, BC First Nations Energy and Mining
Council, (250) 613-7949

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