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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

What is Wind Energy?

 

Wind energy uses winds blowing across the earth’s surface to generate electrical energy using wind turbineswindmills attached to electrical generators. Wind energy is a clean, renewable source of energy – a source government is utilizing to achieve the clean energy goals set forth by the BC Energy Plan. First Dokie Project installed north west of Chetwynd, BC

 

Wind energy can be produced by a single turbine or, on a larger and more consistent scale, by many turbines operating in a wind farm. The modern wind turbine was built to adapt to various wind and weather conditions and can also be installed on both land and offshore.

 

Large-scale wind generation provides power to the local utility grid, like other traditional forms of generation such as hydro electric or natural gas. Small-scale wind turbines can provide on-site power to a home or business. Additional electricity generated beyond the user’s needs by the small-scale turbines can be fed back into the local electrical grid under utility net metering programs.

 

With a growing demand for clean, renewable energy there is excellent wind resource potential in several regions of the province.

 

 

Potential Resources?

 

British Columbia has abundant, widely distributed wind energy resources in three areas: the Peace Region, Northern Vancouver Island and the North Coast.

 

 

Benefits of Wind Energy:

  • Wind energy is renewable, efficient and relatively easy to install.
  • Emission-free, wind energy doesn’t produce air pollutants that contribute to climate change.
  • Promotes employment and job creation in a new sector with a bright future.
  • Wind energy tends to match demand variability: generally wind is strongest in cold weather.

Challenges: 

  • Need to identify appropriate site/resource and accurately measure the resource at a potential project site.
  • Distance of site from transmission grid.
  • Need to ensure appropriate environmental safeguards.
  • Access to capital to build project.
  • Highly competitive process to obtain electricity purchase agreement.
  • High worldwide demand for wind turbines combined with limited supply.
  • Wind is variable, making it more difficult to integrate into the electricity grid than other resources.

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