British Columbia releases new alternative energy strategy

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The government of British Columbia (BC) has released a new strategy it says will "unleash the environmental, economic and job creation potential of the alternative energy and power technology industry" in the western Canadian province. The strategy identifies five international market opportunities in which BC has the potential to take a leadership role, including large-scale clean power production, from sources like wind, run-of-river hydro, biomass, tidal and solar, for delivery into North America's power thirsty western electricity market, which extends from Canada through 14 US states to northern Mexico. The strategy also identifies the development of more efficient transmission technologies and of off-grid alternative energy systems for remote communities as priority areas. BC has appointed an alternative energy task force to advise the government on how to implement the strategy. One of the task force's chairs is Mossadiq Umedaly, chairman of Xantrex Technology, a Vancouver company whose wind converters are installed in about 3000 MW of turbines worldwide and which is in the process of developing a new advanced power electronics and control system for wind turbines. The other chair is Barry Penner, a member of the legislative assembly who led the government's successful opposition to a gas-fired generation project in Washington state because of the impact it would have on air quality in BC's Fraser Valley.

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