The defence against the charge that their power costs many times what BC Hydro can make it for themselves is that BC Hydro has paid for its facilities long ago so doesn’t have any capital costs whereas IPPs must build new plants.
should BC Hydro (that’s us folks) pay huge rates to cover the
construction of private dams when they can get the power from their own
system at a fraction of the cost? To pay a triple, quadruple bonus to
IPPs so they can build power plants that ruin our rivers and supply us
with hugely dear power is plain and simply nuts – yet that’s what the
Campbell/Clark Government has been doing for 10 years!
Repeat after me – Vaughn Palmer and Mike Smyth too please: "We have never needed IPPS, don’t need them now and won’t need them in the foreseeable future."
replied and say again, “Yes that’s absolutely right and when the experts
look into that window they see a screwed up mess of massive proportions
all of which happened during the last 11 years the Campbell/ Clark
government has been running the show!”
There is no escaping this charge because BC Hydro has its policy directed by the government of the day and always has. The orders to bugger up our rivers and streams by IPPs came directly from the Campbell/Clark government. The government has persisted in this policy even though they have been fully informed throughout.
This report also, without saying so, is a condemnation of the media which knew all the facts leading up to the report’s criticism of IPPs, but stayed silent. This is disgraceful and there’s no excuse for their silent support for the Campbell/Clark encouragement of IPPs. If Vaughn Palmer had dealt with this issue the way he dealt with the “fast ferries” issue under the NDP, I have no doubt that the outcry from the public would have been such that the government would have been forced to cancel this outrageous policy.
As with fish farms, and will be with pipelines and tankers, it’s all there for everyone to see – BC Hydro has been brought to where, if it was in the private sector, it would be in bankruptcy protection.
Premier Clark would like to distance herself from the past and considering her role in government and her silence when in radio, one can understand why.
She could make a big step towards her goal by ending BC Hydro’s commitment to private power immediately.
If Ms. Clark refuses to change, she will deserve to have her name linked with that of Gordon Campbell because her government will continue to be joined at the hip to the 10+ years the Liberals have been destroying BC Hydro and the environment.