Alternative energy possibilities and the forest landscape in BC Pledger, Sean
In response to global pressures to reduce green house gas emissions and promote clean energy technologies the government of British Columbia has devised an energy plan to meet these demands. The plan is comprised of 55 policy actions to help steer BC Hydro and the forest and oil and gas industries. To accompany them a bioenergy strategy was also developed to identify specific ways in which the forest industry may utilize the vast devastation caused by the mountain pine beetle in the interior of BC. Additional to biomass energy, BC is well poised to take advantage of both wind and hydro energy. Although there are economic short falls to these alternative energy technologies the push towards clean, non destructive energy will make the transition necessary. Due to BC’s vast landscape and the complicated diversity of ecosystems forest professionals will be integral to safely and properly utilizing the landscape and implement these energy strategies.
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