Saturday, March 13, 2010

NaiKun left off the list after first successful BC Hydro Clean Power Call applicants announced

While they're hopeful of a better result whenever the second wave of approvals comes around, for the first group of approved projects from BC Hydro, the NaiKun offshore project didn't make the cut for the Crown Corporations' much anticipated Clean Power Call.

Nineteeen projects were given the green light on Thursday, fourteen run of river projects and five wind power projects.

Included in those fourteen run of river projects is one planned for an area southwest of Terrace. That project which is to be developed by Swift Power is hoped to be in place and running by late 2012.

All told the 19 projects approved on Thursday should generate enough energy to provide power for some 200 thousand British Columbia homes.

No reasons were provided as to what made the successful nineteen  bids favourable, or what concerns there may have been about those that were left on the outside this time around. NaiKun which has been seeking to develop its project off shore of Haida Gwaii in Hecate Strait hopes to be included in the next round when the government examines the merits of 28 various projects up for consideration.

NaiKun posted an update on its website on Thursday outlining the latest developments on the Clean Power call and held true to its goal of development, by stating that "the values and unique attributes of the NaiKun Wind project provide a compelling case for its inclusion in the second round of contract awards."

No timeline was include as to when that second round of projects will be approved, though BC Hydro advises that the succesful projects will be announced as they progress with the second phase of the Clean Power call, which Hydro observers suggest is most likely to come later this month.

Still to be heard from will be the Haida Nation, which was investigating the prospects of investment with NaiKun into the offshore project, a parternship that NaiKun hopes to move forward on, with an eye towards that second Clean Power call.

Whether this most recent decision from BC Hydro has any impact, or changes the dynamic on those discussions remains to be seen.

National Post-- B.C. approves 19 private-sector clean energy projects
Canadian Press-- BC Hydro selects 19 projects for first clean power purchase agreements
Vancouver Sun-- BC Hydro awards 19 power supply contracts
Vancouver Sun-- BC Hydro adds 19 projects to grid
News 1130-- "Clean Power" projects get BC Hydro contracts

No comments: