News Release

BC Hydro announces more projects in Clean Power Call

VANCOUVER – BC Hydro has selected two more projects to be awarded electricity purchase agreements under the Clean Power Call. Combined, the Pacific Greengen and Long Lake Joint Venture small hydro projects will generate an additional 287 gigawatt hours (GWh) of clean, reliable electricity annually.

The number of projects selected for electricity purchase agreements under the Clean Power Call to date are 25 – bringing the total amount of energy to be generated from the call to nearly 3,200 GWh per year.

"These projects will help meet B.C.'s growing electricity needs while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating jobs in regions across the province," said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources. "In total, the 25 clean energy projects will create 3,750 person years of employment during construction and $3.7 billion in capital investment in our province."

"The Clean Power Call has been highly successful in sourcing cost-effective, clean energy from a variety of technologies, including waste heat, wind, and run-of-river. Together, these projects will deliver enough electricity to power more than 280,000 homes," said Bev Van Ruyven, acting Chief Executive Officer and President of BC Hydro.

In the weeks ahead, BC Hydro will continue to consider two Clean Power Call proposals: Castle Mountain Hydro Ltd. in the McBride area, and Box Canyon Hydro Corp. near Port Mellon.

The Clean Power Call projects will complement electricity purchase agreements awarded in the last year and a half under the Phase One Bioenergy Call for Power, the Standing Offer Program, as well as bilateral agreements that have enabled BC Hydro to acquire close to 4,600 GWh annually of clean, reliable electricity.

BC Hydro will now work with the province to advance Phase Two of the Bioenergy Call for Power that will acquire up to 1,000 GWh per year of electricity from wood waste and other biomass. In addition, BC Hydro is working with pulp and paper companies to acquire additional generation through energy-efficient projects under the Integrated Power Offer. BC Hydro also recently launched a request for qualifications for innovative, community-based biomass projects that produce electricity from carbon-neutral biomass sources and create local or regional economic benefits.

The two projects selected today for the award of electricity purchase agreements under the Clean Power Call are:

Proponent Project Technology Project Name Hours of Electricity Location
Pacific Greengen Power Run-of-river Bremner/Trio 148 GWh/year Harrison Hot Springs
Long Lake Joint Venture Storage hydro Long Lake 139 GWh/year Stewart

Please note that the above descriptions provide only a summary overview of the identified projects as presently planned, and may be subject to change.

When all the electricity purchase agreements have been fully executed, BC Hydro will disclose the range of electricity prices.

Contact:

Susan Danard
Media Relations
Phone: 604 623 4220