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Clean Energy BY RYAN TAYLOR AND NAN DAI GIS Locates Hydroelectric Power in British Columbia n an ideal world, all our electricity generation would be clean and renewable. However, in much of the world, that���s not the case. Oil, gas, nuclear and other energies still are used in areas where it���s not easy to find cleaner electricity-generation resources. However, that might change. In British Columbia, Canada, GIS technology was used to find, evaluate, and cost out clean and renewable electricity-generation resources. Using this innovative technology, thousands of possible hydroelectric sites were located that may never have otherwise been found, giving BC Hydro opportunities for increasing its renewable electricity generation. In the future, this technology might be used in other areas of the world to find new resources for clean and renewable electricity generation, reducing the world���s overall usage of greenhouse-gas-emitting fossil fuels. It all started in early 2010, when BC Hydro was told it must submit an integrated resource plan (IRP) to the British Columbia government that would meet 18 G E O W O R L D / F E B R U A R Y 2 O 1 3

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