BC Hydro is in a quandary.
Premier Clark’s Government requires the utility purchase increasing amounts from independent power producers. However, consumers of electricity, particularly residential and commercial users – the only ones who contribute to BC Hydro profits – are not buying more power.
That leaves only two options:
- Produce less power from BC Hydro’s own generators, or
- Keep producing power but dump it outside the province for a quarter of the price BC Hydro pays IPPs.
The numbers underlying these graphs are drawn from BC Hydro reports:
The injury to taxpayers will grow worse. By BC Hydro Chief Apparatchik Jessica McDonald’s own words, new IPPs are coming on stream. As only one example, I’m told there are 13 ruin of river projects slated for Jervis/Princess Louisa Inlets on BC’s south coast.
We the present day citizens of British Columbia suffer financially when smart operators and compliant politicians take advantage of our ignorance and inattention. However, maybe the worst impact will be visited on future citizens because pristine wilderness lands close to BC’s major populations are damaged. People affected are routinely ignored and dismissed and the bureaucrats charged with protecting the environment see their roles as expeditors of whatever projects are placed before them.
Read this item from 2012. It was written by someone with a direct interest in the lands of Narrows Inlet: