British Columbia helps fund 900-kW Hartley Bay

British Columbia’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources announced it will provide C$488,000 (US$457,000) to support development of the 900-kW Hartley Bay hydroelectric project.

The project would generate electricity to meet the needs of Gitga’at First Nation’s Hartley Bay community, a remote site at the confluence of Greenville and Douglas channels, 145 kilometers southeast of Prince Rupert, on British Columbia’s north coast. The project is to provide clean power to replace diesel-generated electricity while meeting the community’s needs at less cost and reduced environmental risk.

The government announced May 30 it is providing project funds to Gitga’at Development Corp. through the ministry’s 2006-2007 First Nation and Remote Community Clean Energy Program. The project, planned for a site on the Gabion River, could be completed in December 2008. The community’s existing diesel generator would serve as a back-up system for the hydro project.

The ministry noted Gitga’at Development Corp. also is considering a new demand-side management technology that could extend the life of the Hartley Bay plant by reducing peak demands on the electricity system. Exploring the technology could benefit other remote and integrated communities as the province works toward reducing energy demand, it added.

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