BC Wind Energy - Harnessing Opportunities

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					IMAGINE                                                                                                                           BC Wind Energy
 Hundreds of millions of dollars invested into BC
                                                                                                                                  Harnessing opportunities

 New rural jobs and a partial revitalization of BC
 heartland economies...

 Consistent electricity rates that are not tied to

                                                                        Wind Facts
 the fluctuating price of fossil fuels...

 Clean, cost-efficient and abundant energy
                                                                        Germany creates more power through wind than British
 in British Columbia for decades to come!                               Columbia creates through hydro.

                                                                        Quebec leads the country in creating wind farms. If the
                                                                        BC government decided to implement just half of what
                                                                        Quebec has already done, the investment would be
                                                                        upwards of $1.5 billion.

                                                                        Alberta, Canada’s leading oil producer, is the second
                                                                        leading wind energy province.

                                                                        British Columbia has ZERO WIND TURBINES in place. If
                                                                        fully developed, BC’s wind resource could generate over
                                                                        twice what we produce with all other energy sectors

                                                                        For more information on the opportunities presented by
                                                                        BC Wind Energy, please contact BCWEA representatives:

                                                                          Mr. Eugene Hodgson
                                                                          1.604.689.2991 ext 227       info@bcwea.org
                                                                          Mr. Ron Percival

                                                                        For more information on how municipalities can grow
                                                                        their opportunities with wind, please contact:

                                                                          Ms. Lee Malleau
                                                                          Squamish Economic Development Officer                              Renewable power. Sustainable future.
                                                                          1.604.815.5025                                                    British Columbia Wind Energy Association
                                                                          lmalleau@squamish.ca                                                        info@BCWEA.org
                                 photos courtesy of CANWEA and Vestas
BC communities                                                                        Why Wind?                                                                       What Can Be Done?
can reap millions
in investments from                                                                   Economic Benefits                                                                Six Ways Municipalities Can Reap the Benefits of Wind:

wind energy...                                                                        Wind creates jobs and prosperity. Many of the jobs associated
                                                                                      with wind energy in BC (which include construction, manufacturing and           1   ESTABLISH A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STRATEGY
                                                                                                                                                                          In BC, any medium-sized electricity consumer such as a municipality can specify
                                                                                      maintenance) will benefit northern Vancouver Island, Prince Rupert, the              which producer they wish to buy electricity from. The advantage of purchasing from
                                                                                      Peace Region and the Okanagan—areas hit by downturns in forestry,                   a wind energy producer is that a municipality is guaranteed a fixed purchase price
                                                                                      mining and tourism. The development of a BC Wind Energy sector will create          over long periods of time, which could lead to significant savings.
                                                                                      significant investment in these communities. Remote communities can also

                                                                                      benefit through integration of wind with existing generation facilities.
                                                                                                                                                                          EFFECT INNOVATIVE COMMUNITY PLANNING
                                                                                      Wind provides stable prices. The cost of wind energy is in turbines and             Municipalities can encourage (even through legislation) new
                                                                                      construction. Once a farm is built, the fuel is free. Wind electricity prices       developments such as malls to purchase a portion of their power
                                                                                      will be more stable than fossil-fuel generation over the coming decades.            from wind energy. This kind of legislation can be gradual, involving a
                                                                                      Stable prices mean better long-term rates for BC residents and less risk for        staged implementation timeline: 5 percent wind power by 2005
If the BC government decided to implement just half of                                investors.                                                                                                           10 percent wind power by 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                           20 percent wind power by 2020
the 2,000 megawatts Quebec has already announced, the
                                                                                      Wind provides security of supply. Developing BC Wind Energy
investment would be upwards of $1.5 billion.
                                                                                      means more clean, renewable power generated in BC. This can reverse the             URGE BC TO ADOPT RENEWABLE TARIFFS
Wind energy is the fastest growing Now, Quebec is moving boldly to                    current trend of large and continued fossil-fuel imports, which are subject
                                                                                                                                                                          Prince Edward Island has already adopted renewable tariffs to accelerate the
power sector worldwide. Revenue take the lead, with Hydro Quebec                      to significant price increases.
                                                                                                                                                                          creation of wind power—they guarantee a rate of pay for every kilowatt-hour
generated globally by the wind industry     announcing intended purchases of up
                                            to 2,000 megawatts of new wind power,     Wind means more hydro storage. Wind power can relieve BC’s                          of power produced by renewables. This is the way Denmark and Germany have
in 2003 exceeded $13.5 billion and the
growth rate exceeded 30 per cent. This      bringing $3 billion in new investments.   strained hydro reserves, which are approaching all-time lows. More wind             become global leaders in wind energy. Through this legislation PEI plans to be
phenomenal expansion is because             Every megawatt of wind purchased          power in the system means more precious water in the system, providing              completely reliant upon wind energy by 2015. These flat-rate purchase guarantees
wind technology is now mainstream           results in $1.5 million in regional       “banked” power for the future. Wind makes our power system stronger,                would quickly facilitate local investment throughout BC.
and reliable. Global production of wind     investment.                               more secure, and more valuable.

electricity amounts to four times all the
                                        Other provinces are moving rapidly to
                                                                                                                                                                          URGE HYDRO TO MAKE A “CALL” FOR WIND
power produced in BC.
                                        develop wind resources within their           Wind can create manufacturing jobs. A wind energy sector in BC can                  BC Hydro will soon be looking to purchase more power, and they can issue a
Wind development across Canada is borders. The race is on to capture                  attract major turbine manufacturers and create hundreds of skilled jobs for         “call-for-tenders” for wind-based generation if they choose—following the
growing rapidly.                        limited federal funding through the Wind      small communities, revitalizing local economies. With manufacturing plants          lead of U.S. utilities in the Pacific Northwest. In Washington State and Oregon
                                        Power Production Incentive. These             in place, BC can also take the lead in research, development and export of          for example, utilities recently issued calls amounting to over 1,300 megawatts
Canada’s production of wind power provinces understand that the ability of            wind energy technology across North America.                                        of renewable energy, representing almost $2 billion in regional investment if
was led by Alberta, where modern wind developers to make investments                                                                                                      awarded to wind-power producers.
wind farms in Pincher Creek convert is time sensitive.

                                                                                      Wind can power the Olympics. The 2010 Olympics are coming to
outflowing wind from BC into both                                                      British Columbia, and the province will be on display to the world. Touted          USE THE GREEN MUNICIPAL ENABLING FUND
electricity and regional wealth.        And British Columbia? Even though             as the Sustainable Olympics, this venue is our opportunity to show the              Up to $350,000 in federal funding is available to eligible municipalities to
                                        Fortis Bank, the World Energy Council         world workable renewable energy solutions. Wind energy can power the                investigate wind energy. The government will pay for up to half the costs of
Alberta wind developers have injected and the Petroleum Economist have all            Olympics: a first for the planet.                                                    a feasibility study for wind potential. Go to www.fcm.ca for more details.The
$10 million directly into the economy stated that BC has the best wind energy
                                                                                                                                                                          Municipality of Squamish has led the way with a feasibility study for its Wind
of Pincher Creek (notwithstanding potential in the world, not one turbine
regional capital investments), and wind has been erected in the province.             Wind has no exhaust. Wind energy offsets health costs caused by                     Energy Initiative and is moving quickly toward the establishment of wind
provides $900,000 in annual tax revenue                                               pollution. The quality of our air is critical to our health. Unlike many gas-       testing sites that will lead to energy-producing wind turbines.
to the municipality.                                                                  generated projects currently proposed throughout BC, wind power
                                                                                      produces no greenhouse gases or acid rain emissions, leaving our air clean

Civic leaders and decision makers from BC’s heartland municipalities
and regional districts can play a significant role in bringing the massive
                                                                                      and unpolluted.
                                                                                                                                                                      6   ORDER GREEN POWER FROM BC HYDRO
                                                                                                                                                                          Municipalities can purchase GREEN POWER from BC Hydro in minimum 50-
                                                                                                                                                                          megawatt/hour blocks. Vancouver, Kelowna and Whistler already purchase these
economic and environmental benefits of wind energy to their regions.                                                                                                       renewable energy certificates.

                                                                                                                                                                                             Photos: Pincher Creek Alberta
                                                                                                                                                                                             Fuel Source: Wind blowing in over rolling hills from BC