Tag Archives: Premier John Horgan

Why Did the NDP Dump PowerBC?

By Roger Bryenton, P. Eng. (former), MBA, Dr. Eoin Finn, PhD. & Jef Keighley

While in opposition, the NDP party developed an energy strategy for BC, called “PowerBC”. It outlined a variety of options available and preferable to hydro-electric mega-projects such as Site C, in northeast BC, which will flood the Peace River valley, BC’s last untapped agricultural resource.

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Site C Dam: What Is The Prudent Solution?

by Roger Bryenton, P. Eng.(former), MBA, Energy Systems Consultant; Erik Andersen, Economist; Peter Boulton;
& Bill Schram.

The Minister of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, Michelle Mungall, recently admitted that BC Hydro is in a “Financial Mess”. With deferred debt and multiple regulatory accounts, contractual obligations for electricity from independent suppliers now reaching $50 Billion or more, would a prudent solution be to incur another $12 Billion for an unnecessary project? “NO”!!!

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Should the BC & Canadian Governments Honour Treaties?

Originally Published  Jan 17, 2018

By Roy L Hales

Premier John Horgan blamed the former Liberal Government last month, “They got to the point of no return … It wasn’t about public policy, it wasn’t about energy policy, it wasn’t about the best interests of British Columbians, it was about getting a project past the point of no return.” He approved the Site C Dam project anyway. In so doing, he joined the Canadian Government in sidestepping what may turn out to be the most crucial point in this debate. Should the BC & Canadian governments honour treaties?

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BC Is Moving Forward With Site C

By Roy L Hales

When he was the leader of the opposition, John Horgan argued that Treaty 8 Nations “ have entrenched constitutional rights to practice hunting and fishing” on the land that will be underwater if the Site C Dam is built. The BC Utilities Commission recently concluded that “increasingly viable alternative energy sources such as wind, geothermal and industrial curtailment could provide similar benefits to [BC Hydro] ratepayers as the Site C project, with an equal or lower Unit Energy Cost.” Never-the less, today Premier John Horgan announced BC is moving forward with Site C.

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