Canada: Geothermal could save BC Hydro 2.5 billion

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) is asking BC Hydro, the utility in British Columbia, to remove geothermal power from its list of “Currently Unavailable Options” arguing that geothermal can provide the province with power by 2020, saving BC Hydro $2.5 billion in transmission lines and deferring the construction of the Site C dam.

The Canadian Geothermal Energy Association (CanGEA) is pushing hard to see geothermal included in BC’s slate of clean energy options as BC Hydro completes the latest consultations on its 20-year plan.

Allison Thompson, Chair of CanGEA says geothermal potential is located at three areas where new major load growth is forecast – near the LNG terminals on the North Coast, the new mines in Northeastern BC, and gas projects around the Horn River Basin near Fort Nelson. All three of these areas show high potential for geothermal power on BC Hydro’s own map.
 
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