Monday, August 14, 2006

BC Approves 300-mgw Wind Power Project

The BC provincial government has approved a 300 megawatt wind energy project proposed for the Peace River Region. The move is the right one, but the future sustainability of BC's power production will largely depend on how tightly citizens become wedded to coal generation.

Sifting through BC Hydro's warm and fuzzy production of the 2006 Integrated Electricy Plan (IEP), you are given little to go on aside from some lovely photos and a lot of environmental lip service. Time will tell if the Liberals choke us with cheap coal or remain committed to BC Hydro's tradition of green power. The Peace River announcement is a good start, now we need an an IEP that follows through with a commitment to sustainability.

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