British Columbia premier Mike Harcourt announced on December 8 that BC Hydro will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 300 MW of electricity from the private sector. Bidding is open for both renewable and non-renewable generation technologies. In accordance with government guidelines, the RFP will implement BC Hydro's recently developed resource acquisition policy, one of the first in Canada to evaluate proposals "for their full-range of environmental, social and socio-economic impacts." Reinforcing sentiments in Ontario, which is requesting 125 MW of renewables capacity (see page 43) and in Quebec, where the 3200 MW Great Whale waterpower project was recently declared unnecessary and shelved, Harcourt affirmed that "it no longer makes good business sense to build generation mega-projects to stimulate growth."
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