The Burrard Thermal Generating Facility will no longer be relied on as a primary source of electricity, the B.C. government announced yesterday (October 28).
However, the natural-gas power plant near Port Moody will still be used for “up to 900 megawatts of emergency capacity” in the case of generation or transmission outages, according to a press release from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
“We’ve committed since 2001 to ending BC Hydro’s reliance on Burrard and to only using it for emergency back-up capacity,” Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Blair Lekstrom stated in the release, titled “Province Advances Commitment to Clean, Renewable Energy”.
The move means that B.C. Hydro can no longer take the aging, greenhouse-gas-producing power plant into account when planning its future energy needs, and will have to rely on other sources to satisfy new demand, such as private run-of-river power projects.
Burrard Thermal is already only used to generate 10 percent of the electricity it has the capacity to produce each year, according to the release.
The 950-megawatt plant is capable of generating 7,050 gigawatt hours per year, according to the B.C. Hydro Web site.