Study to focus on energy options

  • Nov. 10, 2006 7:00 p.m.

By Heather Ramsay–A new study will focus on alternative energy options for the islands, says CHN Vice President Arnie Bellis.
Mr. Bellis told elected leaders and the public at the October 30 Protocol meeting that consulting group Sheltair will, over the next 10 months or so, be looking into clean options like wave, tidal, waste wood energy and more.
Mr. Bellis said BC Hydro realized it was losing $4.5-million a year subsidizing island power with diesel generators.
Ten years lapsed after a former power project was approved on island and now Hydro is interested in working with the Haida nation.
The CHN and BC Hydro are paying for the study and once it’s done, Mr. Bellis hopes the utility company will put out another call for power proposals.
Tlell resident Bill Mackay, who was at the protocol meeting, said the consultants have to look into the exclusive contract the existing power supplier has to supply the islands.
There is a finite demand for power and no one is going to start another power generating facility if they can only supply when the Mitchell Inlet facility is down, he said.