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In October, Vancouver, British Columbia-based BC Hydro, will launch a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 5,000 GWh of clean energy per year. BC Hydro says its "Clean Power Call" will allow the company to evaluate the competitiveness of clean resources and the ability of these projects to meet the province's future electricity needs.

The BC Energy Plan set out a goal for 90% of all electricity generated in the province to come from clean or renewable sources and all new electricity generation projects to have zero net greenhouse gas emissions.

The Clean Power Call will target clean energy from larger projects using clean generation technologies, such as hydro, wind, solar and geothermal energy. According to BC Hydro, a power facility would have to meet the province's guidelines for clean energy – currently being updated – in order to achieve a clean distinction.

The RFP process will begin with the issuance of draft terms and conditions. BC Hydro has invited independent power producers, First Nations and stakeholders to provide input and comment on the draft terms prior to their finalization.

"We were particularly pleased and delighted that this call will focus only on clean energy sources,” said Ray Castelli, president and CEO of NaiKun Wind Development Inc., in a statement about the Clean Power Call. “This signals to us that large-scale wind energy projects, such as NaiKun, will be necessary in order to meet the aggressive targets and timeline suggested by the Energy Plan and this announcement. NaiKun looks forward to providing input into the draft terms of the RFP and is currently preparing its bid."

Deadline: Pending

For more information: bchydro.com

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