Benefits of the Project
As a made-in-B.C. sustainable energy resource for B.C.’s North Coast, the Project will:
Provide long-term, sustainable jobs, training, and economic benefits
The Project will provide for opportunities along B.C.’s north coast through construction and ongoing maintenance and monitoring employment opportunities, complemented by training and other ancillary benefits resulting from the project.
Provide a scalable, cost-effective, renewable resource that could be expanded as demand grows
Wind energy is one of the cleanest, most abundant and cost-effective resources we can use to generate power. It is also one of the fastest growing sources for electricity in the world and offshore wind projects such as this project are successfully operating in Europe, Asia and New England today. And offshore wind is one of the fastest growing renewable energy markets in the world, with great long-term potential to overtake other carbon-based sources of electricity. The Project can support B.C.’s commitment to develop clean, renewable, made-in-B.C. electricity and can make a significant contribution to meeting B.C.’s growing energy needs in the North West.
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and contribute to cleaner industrial development
Historically many industries have depended on carbon based fuels for their electricity. The Project will contribute to meaningful and sustainable ways to mitigate impacts of industry in northern B.C.
The Project can eliminate the need for Haida Gwaii’s current reliance on diesel power
The Project could include a grid connection to Haida Gwaii from Prince Rupert. This connection would eliminate the dependence on expensive, diesel generation and facilitate opportunity for other renewable energy sources. By providing connectivity to the electricity grid, the connection will also facilitate the development of on-island generation projects such as wind, biomass and run of river.