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BC Hydro announces second round of winners in clean power call

BC Hydro announced today the second round of projects awarded under its 2008 Clean Power Call.

They include one waste heat, one wind, and two run of river projects totaling 450 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year of electricity.

The two run of river projects are both located near Squamish. ENMAX-Syntaris' Culliton Creek project will generate 56 GWh per year, and Run of River Power Inc.'s Mamquam power project will generate 68 GWh per year.

AltaGas Ltd.'s Crowsnest Pass power project will generate 46 GWh per year by recovering waste heat from a natural gas pipeline compressor station and converting it to electricity.

Sea Breeze Energy's Knob Hill wind farm near Port Hardy is by far the largest in this round, with a generating capacity of 281 GWh per year.

These projects are in addition to the 19 already selected in the first round of electricity purchase agreements, announced earlier this month. According to a BC Hydro press release, it will continue discussions with the proponents of eight more projects and expects to sign more agreements in the coming weeks.

Colleen Kimmett reports for The Tyee.

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