November 16, 2017

Building trades issue report: Site C must be built

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

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.

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commented 2017-11-18 04:20:02 -0500
Come on Weaver!… Come on Horgan!…. Share those “dilithium crystals” with us!!!
commented 2017-11-17 15:05:46 -0500
Maybe the diaper wearing guy in Nanaimo can go blow farts into a windmill to create power. Have to be careful what I suggest! Lefties might like it!
commented 2017-11-17 07:08:10 -0500
Hi All,
This Project Needs to B Blt NOW While Costs are With in Reasons. Instead of Kissing ASS to Indians, Greenies, and Malcontempts TIME to DO the RIGHT THING and Get this Project Blt and Provide JOBS in the Construction Trades While there is Still Time B 4 the Gvmnt Decides to Canncell it. Altogether at Higher Costs,
commented 2017-11-17 05:31:33 -0500
And ,once again , the alternative to Site C clean hydro power for decades to come, are those magical Star Trek “dilithium crystals” now invented by the Horgan/Weaver Tango in Victoria???
commented 2017-11-16 21:15:38 -0500
Good report WILSON
MAURICE , a very intresting way to make pointy point
commented 2017-11-16 19:38:20 -0500
Maurice Potvin—I see your point, the NDP have to follow their expectations and their election promise of ruining BC’s economy. Or else we could never trust them again, to do what they do best.
commented 2017-11-16 19:12:35 -0500
If they go against type and approve the completion of the Site C damn, how can they possibly be counted on to fulfill their obligation to destroy the BC economy, and turn the province into a dept-ridden, Marxist cesspool? That’s the JOB of NDP governments! We would never be able to trust them again!