The Campbell administration's new energy plan commits British Columbia to achieving electricity self-sufficiency by 2016, with 90 percent of our power coming from clean or renewable sources. But BC Hydro Corp. isn't the only one interested that power. On March 1, the California Public Utilities Commission granted the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. - the "authority to record up to $14 million in costs for external consultants to prepare a study to evaluate the feasability of obtaining wind-generated and other renewable electric power from various regions in British Columbia, Canada." Specifically, that study will address the "transmission costs and hurdles to the development of alternative routes which allow delivery of energy into California" and consider "the costs and benefits of various ownership alternatives and regulatory arrangements." The commission has also ruled Pacific Gas and Electric may apply to recover the costs of the study.
March 6, 2007