The latest: the Premier weights in on the challenges faced by the project, and more on the smarter alternatives that should replace it.
B.C. Premier: Technical Challenges of the Project Could Tip the Balance
"The new revelations about more geotechnical problems make it increasingly difficult to look at this project as one that will be in the best interests of British Columbia," the premier told reporters at the B.C. NDP's convention on Saturday.
BCUC Concludes Wind Energy Part of Viable Alternative to Site C
CanWEA notes that the BCUC also concluded that future growth in electricity demand will likely be lower than had been assumed in the Site C project forecasts. Given the uncertainty inherent in projecting future electricity demand growth, wind energy is well positioned to reduce risk for ratepayers because its scalability and relatively short construction timelines provide much more flexibility to system planners seeking to match future supply to future demand.
Hudson’s Hope Goes Solar As Town Faces Site C’s Biggest Impacts
Johansson said Site C had nothing to do with the district’s decision to embrace solar, even though the project’s impacts on Hudson’s Hope will be extensive. “It’s purely a financial decision,” she said. “It’s a pragmatic cost saving.”
Despite conservation efforts such as installing LED lights in the town arena and other district buildings, Johansson said Hudson Hope’s annual hydro bill climbed from $68,000 in 2000 to $172,000 in 2016.
The cost of electricity for buildings with solar panels will be reduced by an average 75 per cent, according to the mayor.