Utility BC Hydro has declared its next request for independent power, to preview in October, will be a �clean� call for power seeking clean energy sources including hydropower. It also requested expressions of interest by October 19 to develop clean energy projects in the Fort Nelson area of British Columbia.
The Clean Power Call is to acquire up to 5,000 GWh per year through a competitive process involving independent power producers across the province. It is to target clean energy from larger projects using proven technologies such as hydropower, wind, solar, and geothermal energy, among others.
To achieve a �clean� distinction, BC Hydro said a project would have to meet province guidelines for clean energy, which currently are being updated.
The bidding process is to begin with issuance of draft terms and conditions in October. Power producers, First Nations, and stakeholders are invited to comment on the draft terms prior to finalization. A final proposal is to be filed with regulators in late 2007, with issuance of the call expected in early 2008.
In 2006, BC Hydro reached power purchase agreements with 38 power projects offering 1,400 MW, including 29 hydro plants. In June, BC Hydro released draft terms and conditions of a new Standing Offer Program for clean electricity projects of up to 10 MW. Under that program, small power projects would be able to sell to BC Hydro at a fixed price and with standard contract terms and conditions. (HNN 6/22/07)
Clean project proposals sought for Fort Nelson area
BC Hydro also invites expressions of interest by October 19 from developers of potential clean electricity projects in the Fort Nelson area. The utility said the request is not a pre-qualification process, but seeks to assess potential projects that might be offered by the private sector.
Fort Nelson is not connected to the BC Hydro grid, but is connected to the Alberta electric system by a transmission line. BC Hydro, which operates a gas-fired plant in the area, seeks options for other secure energy sources.
Projects would have to meet the province’s upcoming guidelines for clean resources. BC Hydro said examples might include hydropower, wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass energy.
The request for expressions of interest may be obtained from the BC Hydro Internet site at www.bchydro.com/rx_files/info/info53260.doc. The completed form is due by Oct. 19 by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information, contact BC Hydro, Power Acquisitions, Records Manager, Fort Nelson RFEOI, 10th Floor, 333 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, BC V6B 5R3 Canada; (1) 604-623-4093; E-mail: email@example.com; Internet: www.bchydro.com.