With the election approaching, the Pembina Institute brought together prominent candidates from B.C.’s three major political parties to debate the province’s road to a more planet friendly future. Despite the underlying tension, everyone was polite. There was laughter. Yet Pembina’s clean energy & climate debate illustrated very “alternate” realities.
Though the provincial government has known about our massive potential since 1983. Two years ago the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) released a report stating British Columbia could develop geothermal for half the cost of hydro. Now, as pipelines and the controversial Site C Dam dominate the headlines, BC’s first geothermal power project could be weeks from drilling.
Alison Thompson, the NDP Candidate for FootHills Alberta
By Roy L Hales
There is refreshing news coming out of Alberta, for those of us who feel a little uncomfortable with the vagueness of the New Democratic Party’s energy policy. Their new candidate Alison Thompson, has been working in the energy sector for twenty years. She became the Chair of the Canadian Geothermal Association (CanGEA) in 2007, but never lost contact with the gas and oil sector. She’d like to put some of those unemployed drillers to work on geothermal sites. The NDP candidate for Foothills, Alberta, has the expertise needed to build Canada’s renewable sector. Continue reading The Expertise Needed To Build Canada’s Renewable Sector→
BC Hydro recently slammed the most likely alternative to its proposed Site C Dam project in an interview with the Vancouver SUN. The Crown Corporation’s senior strategic technology specialist, Alex Tu, said some of the projects appear promising but stressed the cost estimates are still “very uncertain” and carry a lot of risk. What Tu did not tell the newspaper is that BC Hydro’s evaluation of Geothermal is outdated.
Last week the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) released a report stating BC could develop geothermal for half the cost of hydro. That’s only the first of a series of benefits, that include little environmental impact, more jobs and energy that costs less to produce. CanGEA claims there is a sufficient geothermal potential to meet all of British Columbia’s future power needs. (p 7) Geothermal could supply the 1,100 MW of capacity and 5,100 gigawatt hours per year (GWh/yr) of energy that the proposed Site C dam offers, but an officer of BC Hydro says it is not likely they will switch to Geothermal.