In an interview with the Nanaimo Daily News's Robert Barron, Blue Energy Canada Inc. founder and chairman Martin Burger declared that, after 20 years of advocating for tidal power in the province, British Columbia is a "moonscape" for the company. Indeed, according to Mr. Barron, the Campbell administration and BC Hydro Corp. "have made it clear they have no interest in adding tidal power to B.C.'s power supply any time soon." Nevertheless, there was a present for tidal power companies in the government's budget gift basket. Effective yesterday, "equipment specifically designed to produce mechanical or electrical energy from ocean current, tides or waves is exempt" from the provincial sales tax.
February 19, 2009