Sierra club BC has joined the call to have site “c” terminated.
In its submission to the BC Utilities Commission Sierra, represented by Lawyers for Ecojustice argue the enormous costs of the project will lock the province into a major financial obligation that will hinder its ability to invest in lower impact, lower cost, job intensive renewable energy development that would serve communities across the province much better in the long term.
Galen Armstrong who speaks for Sierra BC says the result of continuing with the project will leave taxpayers and ratepayer on the hook for what are expected to be mammoth cost over runs. Armstrong says the material they have examined on the project indicates BCer’s are likely to face alarming increases to their hydro bills.
They also argue available evidence viewed with an eye to the utilities commission terms of reference leads to just one conclusion…Terminate the project.
The Sierra BC’s submission makes the points that the project will produce a significant amount of power that will be excess and hydro would be forced to sell it at a loss. The sky rocketing costs would significantly increase hydro’s financial obligations. If the project is allowed to push forward it will put BC at odds with its own clean energy objectives and this point alone should be something the utilities commission should pay very close attention to when they make their recommendations.
Sierra says the project harkens back to the mindset of the 1950’s when in fact the government should be investing in innovative 21st century technologies like wind, solar and geothermal, all of which cost a third of the site “c” price tag.
Karen Campbell, an Ecojustice lawyer, says groups are glad the NDP government has directed the utilities commission to review the project after the Clark government cut the commission out of the picture, fearful it would block the project before it got off the ground. But they are concerned that the review is a shortened process that won’t produce a total overview. So, they want the to government to extend the time limit imposed on the commission.