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Metro Vancouver Proposal to Generate Energy from Drinking Water Reservoirs

Metro Vancouver is developing a water use plan to explore whether and how to generate hydropower from water spilling over the dams at our Capilano and Seymour drinking water reservoirs.

Water falls steeply over Capilano’s Cleveland Dam. If harnessed, it could generate between 30 and 60 gigawatt hours of electricity per year. The Seymour reservoir would probably yield 10 gigawatts.

Although capturing renewable energy from existing dams has obvious appeal, the proposal is raising concerns that it might open the door to conflicting priorities. Would profits from electricity compromise future decisions about the use of these publicly owned watersheds which supply our drinking water?

Metro Vancouver is inviting your feedback and comments on this proposal until October 29, 2010.

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