Both the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act were signed into law by President Barack Obama earlier today.
Vaughn Palmer, Vancouver Sun, June 17, 2013
VICTORIA — As newly appointed cabinet minister for BC Hydro, Bill Bennett inherited the provincial share of an emerging challenge in Canada-U.S. relations.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, June 17, 2013
Only seven of B.C's 22 projects documented everything required, says federal fisheries report
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.
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.
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.
Colleen Kimmett, TheTyee.ca, April 30 2013
They split the enviro vote in 2009, but can they still spark trouble across the province?
Bob Weber, The Canadian Press, Edmonton Journal, March 3, 2013
EDMONTON - Alberta aboriginals are lining up against an energy project deemed crucial to the B.C. economy.
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.
Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, January 23, 2013
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations lists 749 non-compliance incidents from 16 hydro projects in 2010
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.
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.
CBC News, December 17, 2012
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale has given the green light to the controversial Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project.
James McLeod, The Telegram, December 18, 2012
The morning after Premier Kathy Dunderdale formally sanctioned the Muskrat Falls hydroelectricity project, government officials are now getting down to the details. In a series of technical briefings to reporters and politicians, the government laid out the details of legal agreements and the fine print of the deal to develop Muskrat Falls.
Canadian Press, December 13, 2012
WINNIPEG - Manitoba's Opposition leader says new hydro projects should be delayed and built for domestic needs, not exports.
Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says a delay is neededto examine how low energy prices in the United States will affect the viability of new hydro dams in northern Manitoba.
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.
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.
By Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, July 20, 2012
Heavy rains, higher-than-normal snowpack has increased stress on dams across the province
Melting snow and record rains have forced BC Hydro dam managers into an unprecedented balancing act this summer: spill water to keep dams at safe levels, but not so much that communities are flooded.
News Release, CEAA, June 22 2012
The Minister of the Environment has terminated the environmental assessment of the proposed Bute Inlet Hydroelectric project in south western British Columbia.
Damien Gillis, TheCanadian.org, June 14 2012
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.
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.
Hansard, May 31 2012
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.
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