Lots on interest in clean power call

  • Dec. 31, 2008 11:00 a.m.

About 10 independent power producers have already expressed interest in responding to BC Hydro’s call for a new source of clean electricity for the islands, says BC Hydro community relations manager Bob Gammer. Their technologies range from wind to small hydro to biomass to tidal energy, he said. And other companies may come forward by the time Hydro releases its official Request for Proposals. At the moment, Hydro is in the early stages of finding a new power source to displace the current method of diesel generation. It is circulating a draft Request for Proposals, and is looking for feedback on the draft from the Council of the Haida Nation, the general public and any interested producers. A meeting was held last month in Queen Charlotte to explain the process, go over the draft and answer any questions. Mr. Gammer said about 35 people attended. “We felt there was lots of interest,” he said. The draft version of the Request for Proposals, along with lots of other information about the process, can be found at www.bchydro.com/planning_regulatory/acquiring_power/Haida_Gwaii_Queen_Charlotte_Islands_RFP.html Islanders who want to comment need to have their feedback submitted to Hydro by Jan. 8. Mr. Gammer said all comments will be considered.