As the fate of the Site C dam is being decided by Premier Horgan and the BC NDP cabinet, a new report from the Allied Hydro Council has cast doubt on some of the findings from the BC Utilities Commission’s report.
We also learned this week that cancelling the dam outright would result in a 10 per cent rate hike for customers.
When the BCUC issued its report last week, activists and opponents touted it as the potential lynchpin leading to outright cancellation of the project.
However, the new Allied Hydro Council report, penned by former Columbia Power Corporation CEO Lorne Sivertson, argues what most rational British Columbians already know, noting:
“If B.C. and Canada are to meet their greenhouse gas reduction commitments the B.C. Hydro resource supply will need to be expanded by the equivalent of five Site Cs.”
The report also shredded the BCUC's suggestion that alternatives like solar are a feasible alternative to the hydro from Site C.
How about wind power, the other mythological energy source environmentalists love so much?
"It shows that to replace Site C with wind power would require 17 new wind plants at a capital cost of $4.1 billion, with a UEC of $104.40/MWh"
Not only is wind unreliable, but the cost is also very high. Just ask people in Ontario how their hydro bills have been impacted by the push for wind and solar.
The Allied Hydro Council report also rebuts the iBCUC's suggestion that BC could simply take the power it currently sells to the US back for domestic use, and also dealt with the costs that have already been sunk into the project.
Those already high costs have only increased due to delays this year in sending this project to the BCUC for review.
According to our Freedom of Information request, internal documents prepared for Energy Minister Michelle Mungall show delays have cost taxpayers $630 million!
The dam must be built. Hopefully this trade union-backed report with faces friendly to the BC NDP, is enough to convince Premier Horgan.