From Nelson Bennett's latest in BIV:
...Industrial demand for power in B.C. is falling, thanks to the closure of mines and pulp and paper mills, which are both big electricity consumers. Moreover, the B.C. government and BC Hydro decided to put all of their eggs in one basket in meeting future energy demands with a single megaproject: the $9 billion Site C dam.
That has effectively killed the prospects of new wind power projects being funded for at least a decade, according to (the Canadian Wind Energy Association) CanWEA .
“In B.C., I would agree with CanWEA’s assessment that the opportunity is, at a minimum, uncertain and seems to be relatively far out in time,” said Dan Woynillowicz, policy director for Clean Energy Canada. “Over the past several years, I would concur that [based on] the signals from the provincial government and from BC Hydro, there’s fairly limited near-term opportunity.”...
But, then again, I suppose sending all the big guys packing just might open things up a little more for those who could benefit from the shoveling of more of our money off the back of makeshift podiums.
Or some such thing.