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BC’s First Geothermal Power Project Could Be Weeks From Drilling

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Though 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.

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What is Canada Missing?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Canada will not meet its emissions targets for 2020. There has been improvements since 2005, but the oil sector is expected to produce 28% more emissions by the end of this decade. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said he would like to regulate the oil sands, but that “would be crazy” in light of economic developments. Despite the global trend towards adopting renewable energy and smart technologies, the Canadian government continued to tie this nation’s economic future  to the fossil fuel industry. So what is Canada missing?

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BC could develop Geothermal for half the cost of Hydro, report says

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Last 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.

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BC May Have A “Trillion Dollar Opportunity”

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1There are more than 150 known hot springs in Western Canada. Look at the map above, most of the high generation temperature areas are in BC! According to Alison Thompson, Chair of the Canadian Geothermal Association, there is more than enough geothermal energy to power the province’s grid, yet none of these sites have been developed. Geothermal Energy has never been invited to bid on calls for power. In fact, there isn’t a single developed geothermal site in all of Canada! BC may have a “Trillion Dollar Opportunity,” and it is NOT LNG.*

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