VICTORIA — Steep and deep creeks, windswept mountain ridges and gale-force-blowing ocean straits are the potential sites of an energy gold-rush of sorts currently underway in British Columbia.
Early pioneers flocked to B.C.'s Caribou and northern regions in the 1800s in search of gold, while today a new breed of explorer is fanning out across the province seeking a motherlode that can bring new, clean power to the province.
Experts suggest as many as 200 proposals could result from a call for clean energy projects issued last June by B.C. Hydro, the province's Crown-owned power utility.
Energy proponents have until Nov. 25 to register their plans with the utility. The Crown corporation will announce its choices in June 2009.
B.C. Hydro said it made 5,000 gigawatts of power available for the clean energy projects, enough energy to power 500,000 homes.