Independent Power Producers Association of British Columbia

Independent Power Producers Association of British Columbia

October 28, 2009 14:58 ET

Independent Power Producers Association of British Columbia: Leading Clean Energy Developers to Discuss Future of Independent Power Projects in B.C. at Powering the Clean Economy Conference

Opening Presentation by Blair Lekstrom, BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2009) - More than 600 experts on clean energy will gather at Vancouver's Hyatt Hotel on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3, to discuss key market challenges and emerging opportunities for renewable energy in B.C. at the Independent Power Producers Association of British Columbia's Powering the Clean Economy conference.

Speakers and panellists presenting at the two-day annual conference include:

  • Chief Don Harris, Douglas First Nation
  • Honourable Premier Gordon Campbell
  • Honourable Blair Lekstrom, B.C. Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources
  • Colin Andersen, CEO, Ontario Power Authority
  • James Mack, Assistant Head Climate Action Secretariat, B.C. Ministry of Environment
  • Andrew Weaver, Professor at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria
  • Cam Matheson, Director, Energy Planning, B.C. Hydro
  • Paul Choudhury, Manager System Planning, B.C. Transmission Corporation

"As the B.C. government moves forward to reduce our dependence on dirty, imported electricity and combat climate change, clean and renewable energy projects are providing new economic opportunities for municipal governments, communities and First Nations," said IPPBC Chairman Harvie Campbell. "With the growing importance of clean energy, this conference will provide insightful commentary on the future of our energy infrastructure and new insights on how to build independent power projects that benefit all stakeholders."

The two-day conference will feature panel discussions on global opportunities in green energy, transmission planning, the emerging carbon market, how B.C. can be a leader in the clean economy, implications of climate change on renewable energy demand, how green energy projects can provide an economic foundation for First Nations, and what it takes to get an IPP built, among other topics.

For additional information on the Powering the Clean Economy conference, please visit

Independent Power Projects (IPP) are a key component of B.C.'s strategy to become self sufficient in electricity and are important contributors to the provincial economy. Currently, 15 IPP projects are under construction in B.C. employing about 1,000 construction workers and representing private sector capital investment of about $2 billion. There are 48 IPPs operating in BC generating 5,000 gigawatt hours of electricity -- enough to supply 500,000 homes -- representing 9 per cent of B.C.'s domestic electricity load.

Contact Information

  • BreakThrough Communications Inc.
    Martin Livingston
    Plutonic Power Corporation
    Elisha McCallum
    Director, Corporate Communications
    Independent Power Producers Association of British Columbia
    604-469-3717 (FAX)