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Two provinces ready to change energy policy in favour of green power
1 April 2005
Two Canadian provinces that currently have no installed wind capacity appear ready to change their energy policy. The government of British Columbia is pledging to appoint an alternative energy and power task force that will report directly to cabinet on how to promote wind, tidal, solar, and run-of-river power projects. On the opposite coast, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking an independent consultant to develop a wind power strategy. The work will update a study conducted a few years ago, says Natural Resources Minister Ed Byrne. "We know we have tremendous wind resources and we are confident that we can generate electricity from that resource. But the challenge we face is whether we can do this in a manner that is in the best interest of government and the ratepayer," he says. "We will have an independent group look at all the information that is available and recommend to government how it should advance the development of wind generation."
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