A blow to BC’s energy plan

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The British Columbia Utilities Commission is telling Premier Gordon Campbell that the province must rethink its energy plan to acquire new sources of clean, alternative energy, by relying on the development of new independent power projects. In its ruling this week, the Commission stated that parts of B.C. Hydro’s long-term acquisition plan were “not in the public interest”.

BC Hydro has been mandated by the government to make the province self-sufficient in electricity by 2016.

Though the Commission did approve some of the utility’s spending plans, the ruling is welcome news to critics who charge that the province is handing too much control to private firms over run-of-the-river and wind-power projects.