John Horgan’s Government is condoning a disinformation campaign that would make despots of the world proud. And, we’re paying billions because of it.
Corporate media today published BC Hydro propaganda under the guise of authentic news. An example from Canadian Press:
…B.C.’s obsession with devices including smartphones, laptops and tablets has hiked electricity use for small electronics by 150 per cent in less than 30 years.
…Hydro president Chris O’Riley says the desire to be connected is driving B.C.’s shift in power usage.
“While none of these devices use a lot a power individually, taken together, household electricity use from these devices has increased from seven per cent to 17 per cent since the early 1990s,” O’Riley says in a news release…
A little over 11 years ago, Apple announced its first i-Phone. Eight years ago, the company introduced the iPad. Laptops have been around for years but modern versions use much less power than early versions.
O’Riley spoke of the changing use of electronic devices over 30-years but the last few years are the only relevant periods.
Lighting, small motors and cooking appliances are substantial users of electricity – much more than personal electronics – and all of these are far more efficient than old devices.
That’s why electricity demand has been flat for years.
As demonstrated by BC Hydro’s audited records, the utility has had no growth in deliveries of electricity to its residential, commercial and industrial customers since 2005, despite population growth of 16%. All the utility has experienced since then is an 83% rise in prices, more than three times the rate of inflation.
When government, its agencies and highly paid executives resort to telling lies to justify mega projects, be assured the business case is extraordinarily weak or non-existent.
Canadian Press and other media properties repeated Chris O’Riley’s misinformation without examination or attempt to balance lies with truth. This is an indictment of journalism in British Columbia today.
President Christopher O’Riley may pretend that smartphones, laptops and tablets dictate BC Hydro’s future. He’s ignoring reality, because the real future includes citizens and businesses going off the grid:
The new mixed-use EcoLock building in Kelowna is designed using non-toxic and low-carbon materials. It will capture rainwater and generate its own clean electricity.
Airdrie, a community with population about the size of Port Coquitlam, 20 km north of Calgary’s International Airport, emphasizes changes in the electric utility business.
The city plans installation of rooftop solar panels on Genesis Place — a multi-purpose recreational facility. This single facility will produce 1.4 gigawatt hours a year.
It will be Alberta’s largest but Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown said he expects to lose that title quickly because large public facilities elsewhere are suitable for solar power collection.
After federal and provincial contributions, Airdrie’s cost is about half a million dollars but they expect to save $3 million over 30 years.
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