BC Hydro awards green power contracts

March 31, 2010
by Purchasingb2b Staff

BC Hydro has awarded electricity purchase agreements to 19 wind and run-of-river power projects.

The announcement comes nearly two years after the public utility issued a request for proposals for its Clean Power Call program, which aims to equip the province with enough clean power to meet its electricity needs.

Combined, the winning projects will generate more than 2,400 gigawatt hours of clean energy annually—enough to power nearly 218,000 homes.

Blair Lekstrom, British Columbia’s minister of energy, mines and petroleum resources, said the 19 winning projects represent “a significant step forward in meeting our provincial goal of becoming energy self-sufficient and building a clean energy powerhouse.”

Winning projects

In total, 10 companies are behind the 19 projects.

CP Renewable Energy (BC) Limited Partnership and Finavera Renewables Inc will manage wind power projects.

The remaining bidders—C-Free Power Corp, Cloudworks Energy Inc, Creek Power Inc, Kwagis Power Limited Partnership, Plutonic Power Corporation/GE Energy Financial Services Company, Selkirk Power Company Ltd, Stlixwim First Project Corp/Stlixwim Partnership (NI Hydro Holding Corp) and Swift Power Corp—will manage run-of-river generation projects.

According to Bev Van Ruyven, acting president and CEO of BC Hydro, the winning projects were chosen because they are among the most advanced clean energy proposals put forward.

Once the contracts have been signed, BC Hydro will submit the electricity purchase agreements to the British Columbia Utilities Commission for review. From there, further details—including electricity prices paid—will be made public.

A further 28 projects remain in the Clean Power Call. Depending on the progress of discussions with proponents, BC Hydro plans to announce additional approved projects this spring.