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Specific policy needed in British Columbia
1 June 2006
A newly released report from British Columbia's government-appointed Alternative Energy and Power Technology Task Force says the province needs to provide "more specific policy and direction" in order to take advantage of its huge potential for large scale green power production. BC should follow the lead of other hydro-based electricity systems in Canada and use its storage capacity to integrate intermittent generation sources like wind into its energy portfolio. The 15,000 MW potential of the so-called Haida Energy Field, located in Hecate Strait between the Queen Charlotte Islands and Prince Rupert in north-western BC, could make offshore wind a "significant lasting new legacy" for the province. The report also says BC Hydro's calls for power should be better designed for procuring non-firm resources.
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