Data Backs Wind and Ocean Wave Energy

BC Hydro is making the data collected through its province-wide wind energy-monitoring program available to all interested parties. BC Hydro will also be releasing ocean wave energy data it has collected off Ucluelet, Vancouver Island.

Vancouver, Canada – August 5, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] “BC Hydro has accumulated valuable data at a number of locations in British Columbia that we are eager to share with interested parties,” said BC Hydro’s Senior Vice-President, Distribution, Bev Van Ruyven. “This will further enable private sector wind and wave energy development in B.C. and help these projects compete in our future commercial calls for new electricity supply.” BC Hydro began its wind-monitoring program in March 2000. Using sophisticated wind mapping and modeling tools to predict likely spots, BC Hydro eventually expanded the network of monitoring installations to 20, including sites on mainland B.C. and Vancouver Island. Monitoring is required for at least one year to properly assess the wind resource at any given location. Wave monitoring commenced in a single location off Ucluelet in February 2002, after preliminary research confirmed a large wave energy resource in that location. The raw (unanalyzed) wind and wave data can be ordered from BC Hydro’s web site. While BC Hydro plans to decommission many of the remaining wind monitoring equipment installations this year, it will continue wind monitoring at Rumble Ridge on Vancouver Island, Wartenbe, and Bear Mountain near Dawson Creek. However, data will be released for all monitoring sites, with the exception of data obtained at Atlin, B.C., which is being collected as part of a community energy planning project being undertaken with the Taku River Tlingit First Nation. For decommissioned sites, the CD will provide data collected up to the date of decommissioning. A second, updated CD-ROM will be made available when the remaining sites are decommissioned in spring/summer 2004. All data collected at the site from February 2002 until the site is decommissioned in spring 2004 will be released after April 1, 2004.
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