BC Hydro picks hydro, wind projects for first clean power purchase agreements

BC Hydro has awarded the first batch of electricity purchase agreements in its clean power program, the utility reported.

The 19 run-of-river hydro and wind projects will generate 2,400 gigawatt hours of electricity a year – enough to power 218,000 homes.

“These first project selections represent a significant step forward in meeting our provincial goal of becoming energy self-sufficient and building a clean energy powerhouse here in B.C.,” said Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

“Together, these clean energy projects represent 3,000 person years of employment during construction and $3 billion in capital investment in our province,” Lekstrom said. “This is the first step towards meeting our Throne Speech commitment to fair, predictable, clean power calls that will feature simplified procurement protocols and new measures to encourage investment in this province.”

Plutonic Power hydro assets were among those selected for the first round of agreements.

For a list of the projects selected for the award of an electricity purchase agreement, click here

Following execution of the contracts, BC Hydro will submit the electricity purchase agreements to the British Columbia Utilities Commission for its review. Further project details, including the range of electricity prices to be paid, will be available in BC Hydro’s filing to the commission.

A further 28 projects remain in the Clean Power Call, and BC Hydro expects to select additional projects for the award of electricity purchase agreements in late March.

For more hydropower news and information, click here

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