BC Hydro’s 2019 Annual Service Plan Report shows the quantity of electricity sold to residential, commercial and industrial customers in BC is still flat.
The value of 2019 sales is increased by BC Hydro’s $1.2 billion purchase of Teck’s majority interest in the Waneta dam, a generating site on the Columbia River southeast of Trail.
Power produced at Waneta still goes to Teck but, since the dam is now 100% publicly owned, all electricity produced there becomes a BC Hydro sale.
In the four fiscal years 2006-2009, electricity delivered to BC consumers measured 203,278 gigawatt-hours.
In the four fiscal years 2016-2019, electricity delivered to consumers measured 201,001 gigawatt-hours, a 1% decline.
But that is considerably different than what BC Hydro has been telling BC taxpayers for years, and is still promoting:
There is strategy behind BC Hydro spinning a story of rising demand and, because growth was usual until 2005, it seems reasonable to most people.
Increasing capacity keeps the utility’s technocratic empire expanding and most management personnel hunger for continuation. Empires expand, until they disintegrate.
At present, political and bureaucratic oversight lacks the strength of will to cause material change at British Columbia’s largest public enterprise.
If we were spending instead on energy efficiencies, the Site C boondoggle — with the risks associated with building on unstable land — would be unnecessary. Additionally, there would be no loss of prime Peace River farmland or further interference with an area that First Nations have populated for millennia.
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