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Harmac begins pumping power into B.C. Hydro electrical grid

Robert Barron, Nanamio Daily News, August 19, 2013
 

The Harmac pulp mill has begun feeding power from its new $45-million electrical generation plant to B.C. Hydro, creating a second major revenue source to the Nanaimo mill for the first time in its more than 50-year history.

Private hydro plants fall short on monitoring

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, June 17, 2013

Only seven of B.C's 22 projects documented everything required, says federal fisheries report

Deep Cove father takes on Kiewit after son’s death

Anna Mehler Paperny, Global News, May 23 2013

On a rainy February afternoon in 2009, Sam Fitzpatrick was crushed to death when a boulder more than 1.5 metres in diameter tumbled downhill through his worksite near Toba Inlet, B.C., striking his head as he drilled rock.

Court rules hydro project can proceed without environmental assessment

Vivian Luk, The Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, May 17 2013

Vancouver — The B.C. Supreme Court has ruled that a hydro-electric development in northeastern B.C. should be allowed to proceed without an environmental assessment.

B.C. power producers have high number of compliance issues

Canadian Press, Globe and Mail, May 2 2013

Internal government documents show a startling number of compliance issues with British Columbia’s independent power producers and say the province does not have the staff to monitor the projects.

The Rise of Independent Power Producers, Explained

Colleen Kimmett, TheTyee.ca, April 30 2013

They split the enviro vote in 2009, but can they still spark trouble across the province?

BC issues investigative licences for waterpower projects

Laura Walz, Powell River Peak, January 30, 2013

Alterra receives 20 for Bute Inlet and five for Toba Inlet

BC’s government has issued over two dozen investigative licences to Alterra Power Corporation for waterpower projects.

Alterra Power and Fiera Axium Infrastructure Announce Partnership in Toba Montrose and Dokie 1 Facilities

News Release, Alterra & Fiera Axium, December 12 2012

VANCOUVER - Alterra Power Corp. (TSX: AXY) and Fiera Axium Infrastructure are pleased to announce that they are now partners at the 235 MW Toba Montrose run-of-river hydro facility and the 144 MW Dokie 1 wind farm in British Columbia, effective December 7. A consortium of Canadian investors led by Fiera Axium purchased GE Energy Financial Services' partnership interests, and now owns a 60% interest in Toba Montrose and a 49% interest in Dokie 1. Alterra's ownership interests in these facilities are unchanged at 40% and 51% respectively.

Rockslide damages power project

Laura Walz, Powell River Peak, December 19, 2012

Montrose plant may be offline until spring

A large rockslide has damaged the 88-megawatt Montrose hydroelectric facility in the Toba Valley.

Locked out workers question gas plant’s safety

Brian Kieran, Campbell River Mirror, November 06, 2012

Locked out employees of Campbell River’s Island Generation Plant say BC Hydro should be alarmed about potential safety issues at the natural gas-fired facility.

A wolf lurks at edge of IPP ‘green’ projects

Gwen Barlee, Vancouver Sun, September 17, 2012

When I was growing up my mother used to warn me to look out for a wolf in sheep’s clothing. What she meant was to be cautious about people and situations that are not what they seem. This idiom aptly applies to the issue of independent power projects (IPPs) in British Columbia.

Critics launch court action, release e-mail scathing B.C.’s environmental assessment process

Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, August 23, 2012

B.C’s environmental assessment process is so flawed it cannot hope to fill the void created by the federal government walking away from assessments of almost 500 projects, critics charged Wednesday, while launching court action and releasing a scathing internal government email.

First Nations group defends power project

Dan MacLennan, Campbell River Courier-Islander, June 13, 2012

A group of North Island First Nations is defending a contentious run-of-river power project, saying the NDP's opposition to the project is misinformed.

Liberals break their word, set to revive Klinaklini power project

News Release, BC NDP, June 7, 2012

CAMPBELL RIVER – After stating clearly that the boundaries of the Great Bear Rainforest would not be changed to allow a massive independent power project to move ahead, the B.C. Liberals have broken their word and passed legislation that does just that, say New Democrats.

Clean energy exports lose steam

By Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 5, 2012

Two years after the B.C. Liberals pushed BC Hydro to develop clean energy for export, the drive is all but dead, a victim of the changing economics of the North American electricity market.

Bill 49 - Protected Areas of British Columbia Amendment Act, 2012 - Hansard - Second Reading

Hansard, May 30 2012

Debate in the Legislature on the second reading of Bill 49 focussed on the removal of a section of the Dzawadi–Upper Klinaklini River conservancy to accommodate the design plans for the Klinaklini Hydroelectric Project. Rob Fleming, Michael Sather, and Claire Trevena led the debate and were quite informative.

EcoLogo plans to get tougher on run-of-river projects

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun May 17, 2012

A standards review of the more than 30 certified operations should be done later this year, but critics say too many fry are dying

Hydro awash in private power

By Scott Simpson, Vancouver Sun, May 11, 2012

B.C. Producers running flat out

After a bumper year for precipitation in the Pacific Northwest, BC Hydro stations around British Columbia are sitting idle while independent power producers run flat out.

Mercer International seeks NAFTA ruling on Hydro's electricity pricing policies

By GORDON HAMILTON, Vancouver Sun, May 1, 2012

Pulp company Mercer International has filed a $250 million claim against Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement claiming it is being placed at a competitive disadvantage by BC Hydro.

Power Project a Go for Kokish River

by Wilderness Committee, Pacific Free Press, April 26, 2012

Power project goes ahead despite lack of final OK

Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, April 25, 2012

A controversial hydroelectric project on northern Vancouver Island is poised to start construction, even though the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not given an official goahead.

New run-of-river eco-concerns raised

Rebecca Aldous, Squamish Chief, March 16, 2012

After uncovering alarming information on Sea to Sky Corridor run-of-river power plants, a B.C.-based environmental organization is again calling for a moratorium to cap the industry.

Power project plan puts Kokish on endangered list

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, March 12, 2012

Renowned fishing spot ties for first place in annual B.C survey

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