Meetings on electricity upcoming

  • Jun. 27, 2007 9:00 a.m.

The costs and considerations involved in technologies like wind, tidal, biomass, small hydro will be discussed at the next Community Electricity Plan public meetings. Esmeralda Cabral of Sheltair, the consultant firm running the process, says residents asked at the last meetings if these technologies were in use anywhere else and what islanders could learn from these situations. She says there will also be updates on what the standing technical committee and the working group of elected officials have done. The last time the working group met they went through a decision analysis exercise, she says. They looked at different technology bundles and decided how they would rank them. The ranking was based on attributes like minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, maximizing jobs, minimizing impact on aquatic areas. These attributes were collected from the public at past public meetings. Sheltair will be asking whether the attributes agreed upon by the elected officials reflect islanders’ preferences. The meetings will be held at Tluu Xaada Naay in Old Massett July 3, the Community Hall in Port July 4, the Heritage Centre in Skidegate July 5 and the Community Hall in Sandspit on July 6. Door prizes will be available for participants.