Peace Energy receives award

DAWSON CREEK, B.C. ? Peace Energy Cooperative receives major recognition by bringing home the Environment Friendly Award from the fourth annual Northern B.C. Business and Industry Awards.

This exposure is good for Peace Energy, for the Peace Region, and for the environment, says Rupert Kirk, the Peace Energy director who picked up the Alcan-sponsored award Jan. 12 at the Northern B.C. Business & Industry Trade Show in Prince George, B.C.

The Environment Friendly Award recognizes a company, organization or individual who has either developed an innovative product or a unique way to help attain or maintain a clean environment.

³It¹s a recognition that we¹re a bona fide A operation. The Peace Region is known for its energy. Now we want to move forward with other energy besides oil, coal and gas,² Kirk says.

Since 2003, Peace Energy Cooperative has worked to develop the renewable energy resources of the B.C. and Alberta Peace Country: wind, solar, biomass and ground source heating.

Nearly 150 members strong and growing, Peace Energy is working towards its first major project, establishing a 100 megawatt wind park on Bear Mountain near Dawson Creek, B.C.

As a member-owned and member-run cooperative, Peace Energy ensures that part of the ownership of renewable energy production remains within the region.

³We¹re definitely forging ahead. It¹s a great time to join Peace Energy to work towards a sustainable future for our children,² adds Peace Energy director Barbara Swail.

Peace Energy can be reached at 250-784-3880, or on the internet at www.peaceenergy.ca. An open information meeting will be held Saturday March 12, 1:30 p.m., at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre in Dawson Creek, B.C.