BC Hydro seeks renewables projects on Haida Gwaii islands

BC Hydro invites expressions of interest from potential developers of renewable energy projects, including hydropower, on Haida Gwaii in western British Columbia. Responses are due Nov. 23.

The Haida Gwaii islands, formerly known as Queen Charlotte Islands, are not connected to BC Hydro’s integrated system. The utility made a similar inquiry about renewable energy sources on the islands in 2008.

BC Hydro’s diesel generating system in Masset provides power to the islands’ northern grid. A privately owned hydroelectric plant generates power to the southern grid, with back-up power from a BC Hydro diesel station in Sandspit. Economical displacement of diesel generation is a key objective for BC Hydro’s non-integrated areas.

BC Hydro invites expressions of interest to gather information on the number and types of potentially viable projects with installed capacity greater than 1 MW up to 5 MW.

Projects must qualify as clean or renewable, as defined by the province’s Clean Energy guidelines. Those guidelines include hydro energy, which it defines as electricity generated from a system or technology that converts either the potential or kinetic energy of water. Tidal and wave energy are among other renewables.

Expressions of interest must be submitted using a form that may be obtained from BC Hydro’s Internet site under www.bchydro.com/energy_in_bc/acquiring_power/initiatives_in_development/haida_gwaii_rfp.html?WT.mc_id=rd_haidagwaii. Other information on the solicitation may be obtained from the site.

Expressions of interest are due by 4 p.m., Pacific time, Nov. 23 by e-mail or hard copy to the address below. For information, contact BC Hydro, Haida Gwaii RFEOI, 10th Floor, 333 Dunsmuir St., Vancouver, BC V6B 5R3 Canada; E-mail: HaidaGwaii.RFEOI@bchydro.com; Internet: www.bchydro.com/energy_in_bc/acquiring_power/initiatives_in_development/haida_gwaii_rfp.html?WT.mc_id=rd_haidagwaii.

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