IMAGINE BC Wind Energy
Hundreds of millions of dollars invested into BC
New rural jobs and a partial revitalization of BC
Consistent electricity rates that are not tied to
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 email@example.com
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
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
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