April 11,2005

New task force to guide BC alternative energy and power strategy

In conjunction with the release of a provincial strategy for developing the alternative energy and power technology sector in British Columbia, Premier Gordon Campbell has appointed a task force to guide the implementation of the strategy.

Heading the task force will be MLA Barry Penner, past president of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, and Mossadiq Umedaly, chairman of Xantrex Technology and a member of the Premier's Technology Council.

The strategy, aimed a making BC a world leader in altenative energy and power technology, follows from the province's energy plan, titled Energy For Our Future, released in 2002. It calls for the government to develop and apply integrated solutions to address five distinct market opportunities, which were defined by the Premier's Technology Council. These include:

1. remote power for rural communities, including off-grid distributed generation from alternative sources;

2. sustainable urban practices, e.g. building designs and urban planning to reduce energy consumption;

3. sustainable urban transport, including the application of natural gas and hybrid engines, fuel cells and hydrogen;

4. sustainable grid technologies, e.g. the use of software, hardware and electronics to increase the efficiency of power grids; and

5. large-scale clean power production to generate and deliver electricity to the western North American power market.

Among the functions of the task force will be to: provide advice on setting measurable goals; recommend appropriate roles and actions for both government and industry; and help build strategic partnerships.

More information is available from the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines, 250/952-0673, Web site www.gov.bc.ca/em.

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