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Bute Inlet IPP Back on Table as First Nation Signs Transmission Deal with Alterra Power

PostedJune 7, 2012 by in Western Canada

Read this bulletin from Alterra Power Corp. announcing a new resource development agreement with the Sliammon First Nation of the Sunshine Coast to develop transmission capacity for the controversial proposed Bute Inlet private power mega-project. (June 6, 2012)

Alterra Power Corporation (TSX: AXY) and the Sliammon First Nation are pleased to announce that they have signed a Resource Development Agreement (RDA) that will facilitate the development of the transmission infrastructure for the proposed Bute Inlet run-of-river hydro project. A portion of the transmission line would be located within the traditional territory of the Sliammon First Nation, and the RDA details the terms under which the Sliammon First Nation and Alterra will work together on the development and build out to commercial operation of the Bute Inlet project’s transmission infrastructure.

Sliammon Chief Clint Williams said, “The Sliammon First Nation is pleased to be entering into another agreement with Alterra Power that will help facilitate the building of a clean renewable energy project in British Columbia, benefiting not only the Sliammon First Nation but the whole province.”

Donald McInnes, Executive Vice Chairman of Alterra Power, said, “Our relationship with the Sliammon First Nation began with the Toba Montrose hydro project and has continued to grow and strengthen over the last five years.  This new agreement for the Bute Inlet project builds on that working partnership and we are proud of what we have accomplished by working together.”

About Bute Inlet Hydroelectric Project

The Bute Inlet project consists of water applications to develop up to 17 non-storage run-of-river hydroelectric projects and their associated infrastructure in Bute Inlet, southwestern British Columbia. The project’s three interconnected groups of power plants have preliminary design generation capacity of over 1,000 MW and an estimated annual potential generation of 2.9 million MWh, enough clean energy to meet the annual electricity needs of approximately 300,000 homes.

The Bute Inlet project is located within the traditional lands of the Homalco First Nation.  It is anticipated that the project will use the existing Toba Montrose power line corridor, which travels through the traditional territory of three of Alterra’s partners – the Klahoose, Sliammon and Sechelt First Nations. With this RDA, Alterra will have signed agreements to advance the project with the Homalco, Sechelt and Sliammon First Nations.

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Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.


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