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Yesterday, we reported environmental groups have prepared six recommendations on how clean electricity can be responsibly developed in British Columbia. Those recommendations haven't been publicized yet. But an article in the David Suzuki Foundation's Marine Scene newsletter - released today - does reference that document, stating it will be "presented to the recently formed provincial Green Energy Task Force and we continue to work with our partners to ensure our recommendations are implemented." The following is a complete copy of that article.

We have the answers to make renewable electricity in B.C. truly green

In the fight against climate change, it is clear that a rapid transition to renewable electricity is necessary. But it is also an opportunity. The potential for new renewable projects in British Columbia - primarily wind and hydro - could make the province a global leader in green energy development. Unfortunately, recent renewable energy projects, primarily small hydro facilities by independent power producers, have not adequately considered environmental impacts and are not guided by a provincial strategy that prioritizes the best development opportunities with the lowest environmental costs. As a result, freshwater ecosystems are being put at unnecessary risk.

The David Suzuki Foundation and other environmental organizations have developed six key recommendations for the provincial government that would enable growth of a sustainable renewable electricity industry while ensuring the environment is protected. Recommendations range from ensuring electricity conservation is seen as the highest priority, to developing a renewable energy planning framework. The recommendations will be presented to the recently formed provincial Green Energy Task Force and we continue to work with our partners to ensure our recommendations are implemented.

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