Today's update: BCUC's response to the BC government's additional questions about Site C; questioning why the current government would risk treading in the same thoughtless direction as the previous one; more on the legal settlement to be filed by the First Nations if the project goes ahead; smarter alternative energy sources are being tested in Australia.
BCUC Responds to Additional Site C Questions
The Commission did not assume a lower demand for electricity “because it is forecasting a period of lower economic growth for the province.” Further, the Report does not state, nor does it suggest, that “major power consumers such as mining, forestry, technology and commercial sectors” are in or are going into “decline”. The Commission’s consideration of the load forecast was based on a holistic assessment of the factors that drive demand for electricity. In our answer to the Deputy Ministers’ question below regarding the rationale for the Commission’s position, we present a description of the seven factors we considered. These include three factors that are directly related to economic growth: recent developments in the industrial sectors, GDP and other forecast drivers, and flattening electricity demand.
Site C Dam: A Shameful Monument of Politics
The Site C Dam is a shameful monument of politics for which there is no point, no return.
First Nations Warn Province of Lawsuit if Site C Goes Ahead
Chief Roland Willson of West Moberly First Nation said in an interview with DeSmog Canada that the government must factor in a hefty legal settlement when it is looking at the cost of continuing the dam construction, as he says there is no doubt that proceeding with the $9 billion dam would violate the 1899 Treaty 8 agreement.
“We are hoping that (the government) has enough information in front of them right now that Site C will not go forward,” Willson said. “If they approve it we will file.”
Elon Musk's Giant Battery Read for Testing in Australia
Musk has high hopes for the wide-scale roll-out of solar and battery-based energy storage after acquiring SolarCity Corp. last year. Tesla sees the combination of those two clean energy technologies as key to its overall effort to accelerate the transition to renewables and wean the world off fossil fuels.