first_img“Geothermal is not going to be built all in one area; you can build geothermal in strategic locations around the province,” Chair of CanGEA Alison Thompson explains. “…We can strategically bring in more run-of-river, wind and solar by going into these other pockets of the province that have been forgotten but can be enabled.”If construction started today, CanGEA says geothermal “can provide firm energy beginning in 2018 at a lower cost than Site C.”According to the report, geothermal would run an approximate cost of $73.00 MWh.- Advertisement -“We have a far higher capacity and reliability factor than Site C,” Thompson goes on to say. “Our greenhouse gas footprint is miniscule; we’re one of the lowest impact options for energy in the world. In the case of jobs, we actually produce about 10x the direct jobs for geothermal that would be produced for the same megawatts for Site C, and about 100x more indirect jobs coming from the direct jobs.”Geothermal energy has already been set-up in 25 different countries – including Germany and Turkey – while the United States and Mexico led the way in global geothermal production.“Every year, they’re [Turkey] adding about 25 megawatts,” Thompson compares to B.C.’s potential. “Most of them are in binary power plants – the type of technology that we expect to use in B.C. today.”Advertisement Thompson adds, “Along with those megawatts of power, they’re bringing on community projects, they’re bringing on greenhouses, they’re bringing on district heating.”“There’s a lot to share with everybody from the megawatts that geothermal is producing.”According to CanGEA, close to 100 geothermal permits have been sought after by developers in B.C. – almost of which have been disregarded without explanation – which Thompson says has illustrated the broken process of geothermal nomination.“What’s frustrating for us [CanGEA] is that some geothermal projects are trying to take off,” Thompson concludes. “Some already have partnerships and consortiums with First Nations partners – and those would be the ones in Valemount and Terrace, B.C. …The federal government is already involved – they’re providing demonstration funding – [so] we invite B.C. Hydro and the province to get involved, and let’s get one of these demonstration projects and true costs done.”Advertisementlast_img

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