Three British Columbia First Nations will receive a total of $70,000 to develop hydro-electric projects in their communities.
The Taku River Tlingit First Nation, near Atlin, will receive $40,000 to determine the best options for generating additional run-of-river hydro-electric power to be delivered through the development of a new transmission line.
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, near Tofino, will receive $10,000 to collect data related to power availability, environmental impacts and project design for run-of-river hydro facilities, and The Lax Kw'alaams Band, near Prince Rupert, will receive $19,972 to study two potential run-of-river hydro-power sites.
The funds are part of the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF), which is intended to increase First Nations participation in the clean energy sector. The fund allows First Nations with revenue-sharing agreements to receive a portion of water and land rents charged by the Province for new clean energy projects.