Another Side to Private Power
First Nations, municipalities explore controversial energy source.
By Colleen Kimmett
Environment Minister Barry Penner decided not to go against a very vocal majority when he nixed a plan to run a power line through Pinecone Burke Provincial Park last month.
Groups opposed to the project, which had been rallying for months in advance of the decision and packed rowdy public hearings in Mission and Pitt Meadows, breathed a collective sigh of relief.
Underlying the controversy around this high-profile project is a greater concern about the private sector's role in power production.
Increasingly, First Nations and municipalities are the IPPs, working with the private sector but retaining full or partial ownership of their utilities and the revenue stream they provide.