Wind Power News: British Columbia
These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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. . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
‘LNG Town’ it ain’t. With so many liquefied natural gas terminal proposals near Prince Rupert, it can be easy to label it as the next LNG capital of North America, but one Vancouver-based company is looking to change that with an alternative energy proposal of their own. A 48-megawatt (MW) wind farm, consisting of a maximum of 24 turbines has been proposed by Sea Breeze Power Corp. on Mount Hays. While not the first company to propose such a venture . . .
A pair of wind farms on Hutterite land north of Dawson Creek have a green light from the Peace River Regional District. On Aug. 11, regional district directors approved a rezoning application that will allow Renewable Energy Systems Canada to build turbines on two agricultural parcels owned by the South Peace Hutterian Brethren Church. The company has approval to build two wind farms of up to seven turbines each on the two properties, located in the Tower Lake and Sunset . . .
It was an exciting news story that jumped off front pages less than three years ago: a massive new wind farm to be built on Vancouver Island that would generate enough electricity to power 75,000 homes. The $750-million project was great news for taxpayers because it wouldn’t cost the public a penny. The TimberWest forest company was partnering with EDP Renewables, a Spanish-based global wind-energy giant, to build the 150-turbine wind farm on private land. The local T’Sou-ke First Nation . . .