2008-08-06

B.C. shuns tidal energy

One would be forgiven for thinking that the ICE fund grants recently given out by the Ministry of Energy were aptly named. It appears the grant allocations were made with a cold, clear political agenda and have little to do with what the claimed purpose -- clean energy.

ICE stands for Innovative Clean Energy development. Yet the grant allocation excluded tidal and wave energy proposals, including one at Maude Island just north of Campbell River that would have put this region at the forefront of this energy sector.

Instead, the largest grants went to converting pine beetle-infested lumber into energy, an unproven process that couldn't be described as clean or sustainable.