Wind will provide clean, cost-effective energy
Re: “Site C an opportunity for clean energy,” July 5.
Wind energy is recognized as an environmentally preferred choice for generating electricity. Wind turbines produce electricity without consuming large quantities of fresh water, emitting greenhouse gases, air pollutants or hazardous waste.
Today, wind energy is cost-competitive with new hydroelectric development. It isn’t subject to the risks of rising costs that natural gas faces as a result of fuel price variability and a potential future price on carbon emissions to address climate change. Wind energy is also recognized as one of the safest forms of new electricity generation.
During the 2008-11 Clean Power Call competitive process, wind energy projects won 47 per cent of the 3,266 GWh per year of contracted energy that was procured by B.C. Hydro. Since then, large productivity gains and a significant drop in turbine prices have firmly established that wind energy resources form the bulk of B.C.’s lowest-cost renewable energy opportunities.
There is no question — wind energy is an opportunity for clean, cost-effective energy.
B.C. regional director
Canadian Wind Energy Association
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