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CANweaNovember 9, 2017

Jean-François Nolet, vice-president of policy and communications at the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) has issued a statement following the release of the Final Report to the Government of British Columbia by the British Columbia Utilities Commission in follow-up to its Inquiry Respecting Site C.

“The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to see that the British Columbia Utilities Commission’s (BCUC) Final Report to the BC Government released today has concluded that a mix of alternative energy sources, like wind energy, can provide similar benefits to ratepayers as the Site C hydroelectric project with an equal or lower Unit Energy Cost. This is consistent with many analyses that have concluded that wind energy is the most-cost-competitive form of non-greenhouse gas emitting electricity generation available today in Canada. Indeed, more wind energy has been built in Canada over the last decade than any other form of electricity generation.

CanWEA notes that the BCUC also concluded that future growth in electricity demand will likely be lower than had been assumed in the Site C project forecasts. Given the uncertainty inherent in projecting future electricity demand growth, wind energy is well positioned to reduce risk for ratepayers because its scalability and relatively short construction timelines provide much more flexibility to system planners seeking to match future supply to future demand.

CanWEA was also pleased to see the BCUC recognize that the variability of wind energy generation does not pose a major challenge to B.C. in alternative scenarios to Site C because B.C. already has substantial dispatchable hydro capacity in place.”

Background

  • CanWEA and the Clean Energy Association of B.C (CEABC) teamed up in 2017 to provide input into the B.C Utility Commission’s Site C Inquiry. They commissioned Power Advisory LLC to conduct an independent analysis of the costs and benefits of wind, solar, small hydro and battery storage in the province, as well as the relative benefits and risks of these technologies compared to Site C. The analysis found wind energy is a cost-competitive alternative to large hydro development, and has additional benefits that lead to better outcomes for ratepayers.
  • Power Advisory LLC president John Dalton summarized the report’s findings in a technical presentation made to the inquiry on behalf of CanWEA and CEABC.
  • In October 2017, North American Wind Power published a story by CanWEA about the wind energy industry in B.C. – Wind vs. Hydro: British Columbia Has A Vital Decision To Make.
  • survey of B.C. First Nations found that 98 per cent want to see more opportunity to develop clean energy projects in the province. Of the 105 that responded, nearly half are involved in the clean energy sector in some way, and 61 per cent said the biggest barrier they face is the lack of opportunity to sell power to B.C. Hydro.

https://canwea.ca/news-release/2017/11/01/wind-energy-part-viable-alternative-site-c-bcuc-concludes/

 

EFCElectro‐Federation Canada (EFC) and Cámara Nacional de Manufacturas Eléctricas (CANAME) of Mexico, have submitted joint recommendations to their respective governments to safeguard future trade in North America.

The recommendations call on the strong need for governments to retain, modernize and improve the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in order to increase market access, reduce business costs and improve global competitiveness.

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CSA

Now in its 24th edition, the 2018 Canadian Electrical Code, Part I includes a number of significant updates and changes to better help electrical workers in the safe maintenance of electrical equipment and create safer electrical installations.

This edition features important revisions to many sections. For example, Section 26 now mandates the use of tamper-resistant receptacles in additional areas where children may be present. Section 62 now requires ground fault circuit interrupter protection for heating devices and controls in proximity to tubs, sinks, and shower stalls. Section 10 has been updated, reorganized, and significantly reduced in length.

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