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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

November 10, 2020 • British Columbia, Canada, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The unintended consequences of ‘clean and green’

We all go to the store to purchase things – groceries, clothing, tools or the latest electronic gadget. During the global pandemic, an increasing share of shopping has shifted online. A few clicks and an item soon arrives at our doorstep. We also often demand and receive services like education and medical care remotely these days. And natural gas and electricity almost invisibly are delivered through pipes and lines to heat and power our homes. However, we rarely ask where these . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2018 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

District says no to erecting wind turbine blade

The District of Port Hardy will not be taking part in the erection of a wind turbine blade as a tribute to the Cape Scott wind farm. The Operational Services Committee had a meeting with project manager Rick Milligan, with the following minutes being listed: Milligan advised the blade has been brought to Port Hardy, the transportation provided by Vestas. The 50 meter long blade was damaged at the site, never installed and is now undergoing minor repairs. Milligan advised . . . Complete story »

November 29, 2017 • British Columbia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Solar, wind power costly and unreliable

Re: Site C B.C. voters are misinformed concerning solar and wind-generated power. Because B.C. can generate clean hydro power, duplicating hydro power generation with solar and wind power generation is an absurd idea. It makes no environmental or economic sense to switch off hydro generation, to instead turn on high-priced solar and wind power. BC Hydro power generation is capable of supplying continuous reliable electricity to homes and industry at an affordable cost. Reliable and affordable means the kitchen range, . . . Complete story »

November 17, 2017 • British Columbia, LettersPrint storyE-mail story

Better to stick with what works in B.C.

Re: “Europe makes strides in renewable energy,” letter, Nov. 16. Yes, the Netherlands has an electric railway run by offshore wind turbines. But five years after it started, the Dutch government said offshore wind power is too expensive and that it cannot afford to subsidize the entire cost of 18 cents per kilowatt hour – about 4.5 billion euros last year. (That’s more than $6.5 billion of our dollars.) Then look at Germany, which reportedly spent $1.4 trillion on turbines. The . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2017 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

B.C. might not need any additional wind power either

At first blush, the BC Utilities Commission’s (BCUC) final report on the Site C dam might give independent power producers, especially wind power developers, hope of a revival. The report states that “increasingly viable alternative energy sources such as wind, geothermal and industrial curtailment could provide similar benefits to ratepayers as the Site C project, with an equal or lower unit energy cost.” But that’s assuming B.C. needs to generate more power, something the BCUC report casts doubt on. For . . . Complete story »

September 28, 2017 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind or water? The Site C debate generally splits into two camps: hydroelectric or wind power

Would you rather spend $100,000 on a car designed to run for at least 70 years or $25,000 for a car that you will have to replace every 20 years, but which you know is almost guaranteed to be cheaper to replace? Just one thing: the $25,000 car runs only 30% of the time, when the weather is bad. That is the – admittedly oversimplified – debate that is shaping up around the Site C dam. While there are many . . . Complete story »

July 5, 2017 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

More wind power projects slated for Merritt

Two wind energy projects currently in the development stage could see up to 14 more turbines added to the Pennask Plateau along the Okanagan Connector between Merritt and Kelowna. Though the projects likely won’t break ground until 2019 at the earliest, the Seabreeze Power Corporation completed environmental studies for the two projects last year. The company is now in the permitting stage; aiming to get approval on a development plan from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. . . . Complete story »

April 6, 2017 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm project planned for Helmer Lake

KAMLOOPS – A Kelowna businessman says he wants to erect a pair of wind farms between Kamloops and Merritt by 2020. Martin Ince is gathering feedback for a proposed wind turbine project that would see a total of eight massive windmills built near Helmer Lake. “There would be a total of eight turbines in the project. That’s essentially enough to power 10,000 homes or so in the area,” said Ince. “It’s a small project in some ways, but it’s large enough . . . Complete story »

February 2, 2017 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

PRRD shoots down wind development near Dawson Creek

Peace River Regional District directors have shot down a renewable energy company’s proposal to build a small wind farm north of Dawson Creek. At a meeting Jan. 26, the board nixed a proposal from Renewable Energy Systems Canada to construct a five-turbine wind power operation on 4.5 hectares of farmland off Sweetwater Road and 225 Road. The company requested a exemption for a non-farm use within the province’s Agricultural Land Reserve. However, without sign-off from the PRRD, the project is . . . Complete story »

November 30, 2016 • British ColumbiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind project on Mt. McDonald may be revived

Wind, a clean energy source, may become a hot commodity for industrial developments trying to meet government environmental conditions. At least, that is what the new owners of the Mt. McDonald Wind Energy Project are thinking. The wind project first came to light under Bridge Power, the original developer that identified the site in 2008 and built the four 80 metre MET masts, for acquiring wind data. The company began to develop the project and started to move through the . . . Complete story »

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