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BC has now begun to develop its wind energy resource, but we are behind the rest of Canada, and lag much of the world in developing this green energy resource. This slow start comes despite the fact that BC has extensive and cost-competitive wind energy resources. But there will be a lot more wind energy in BC’s future.
The province is now facing the largest industrial boom in a half-century, and there is a looming energy demand gap. The cost of wind energy is coming down due to a number of factors including technology improvements, while the government is seeking to minimize the cost of new generation for ratepayers. And British Columbians continue to call for the lowest possible impacts from energy use in terms of air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, and impacts on lands and water.
Wind energy offers solutions to British Columbians on all counts. In fact, wind energy can integrate with our existing hydro and transmission resources to create a new hybrid electricity system even better suited to the needs of British Columbians than the one we have in place today.
More at: http://www.canwea.ca/windvision_bc_e.php
Nicholas Heap, BC Regional Director, Canadian Wind Energy Association
Nick joined CanWEA in November 2010. He spent five years working on air quality and greenhouse gas issues within local government at Metro Vancouver. He developed some of BC’s first Community Energy Plans for B.C. municipalities and First Nations at the Pembina Institute, and served as the David Suzuki Foundation’s Climate and Energy Policy Analyst for five years.
As CanWEA’s BC Regional Director based in Vancouver, Nick advocates the responsible and sustainable development of wind energy in BC. He oversaw the development of the BC WindVision, is reviewing the development of BC Hydro’s new Integrated Resource Plan, and is an active voice on BC energy policy.
Nick has an M.A. in Community Planning from UBC