470 days after it received proposals from 43 proponents for 68 clean energy projects, BC Hydro announced today the results of its 2008 Clean Power Call.
In the first stage of awards, BC Hydro selected 19 projects for electricity purchase agreements (EPA's) comprising 2,450 GWh/year being less than half of the 5,000 GWh/year acquisition target it had requested from developers in the 2008 Clean Power Call. Length of the contracts and financial terms were not disclosed.
Of the 19 projects selected for EPA today, run-of-river and wind projects almost evenly split the generation capacity awarded. This is noteworthy because currently in BC there is only one operating wind park, while there are over 35 run-of-river projects generating to the BC grid. Perhaps BC Hydro may be seeking more wind energy as quality run-of-river projects become more difficult to find.
Here are more details from today's announcement:
14 hydro-electric (run-of-river) projects were selected and will provide BC Hydro with 1,203 GWh of firm electricity per year. The successful run-of-river developers, projects and respective project capacity are as follows:
- C-Free Power Corp., a 19 MW's in Gold Bridge, BC
- Cloudworks Energy Inc., 3 projects (37, 18 and 21MWs) in Harrison Hot Springs and Mission, BC
- Creek Power Inc. (Innergex and Ledcor owned), 3 projects (74, 23 and 16MWs) in Pemberton, BC
- Kwagis Power LP (Brookfield Renewable Power), one 45MW project in Port McNeill, BC
- NI Hydro Holding Corp. (Stlixwim First Project Corp. and Stlixwim Partnership), 3 projects (45MW) in Sechelt, BC
- Plutonic Power Corporation and GE Energy, one 124 MW project in Powell River, BC
- Selkirk Power Company Ltd., one 44MW project in Golden, BC
- Swift Power Corp., one 20 MW project in Terrace, BC.
- Finavera Renewables Inc., 4 projects (117, 45, 71 and 60MWs) in Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd, BC
- CP Renewable Energy Limited (Capital Power, formerly EPCOR), one 142 MW project in Tumbler Ridge, BC