"And where do we import our power from? From Washington State and Alberta. And how is it generated? By coal-fired power plants, at more than three times the carbon emissions of natural gas generating facilities.
So while the government continues to extol the virtues of requiring our new industry to purchase 'clean' electricity from BC Hydro, the planners are quietly working on plans to import more coal-fired electricity from out of province."
Coal fired power plants in Washington state??? You're more likely to see Sasquatch. There's one in this state and that's the Centralia Power Plant that belongs to TransAlta about an hour south of Seattle just off I-5 near the town of....Centralia. There's a state wide ban on building any coal fired power generation plants as well. This guy is blowing smoke when he says that the power they'll be importing from our state is produced by burning coal.
And coal fired generating plants in....Alberta??? That would also be news to me. The land of oil & natural gas and this guy says that the power being brought into BC from Alberta is from coal fired sources just like in Washington state?? (if he's so wrong about this, what else is he wrong about?)
I'm sure the free market solution here is for the Govt to just get out of the way and let Apache, EOG & Encana worry about where the power to run this facility will be sourced from. Vast amounts of natural gas passing through these pipelines on their way to the export facility every minute of every day (once completed) and for some unknown reason except to Govt types and perhaps God himself, the partnership is prevented by law from making their own electricity using the one source that's almost unlimited, that's close by and most importantly, is both cheap & clean energy??? While hydro generating projects are desireable and worthwhile long lived energy infrastructure investments, I believe that you could build a complete LNG export facility with the accompanying pipelines in less time than you can build a dam in some remote region of the BC wilderness just to be....politically correct in powering one of Canada's greatest energy achievements of this new century. Either way, this area of western Canada is going to explode with new job opportunities in the coming years.
And something tells me that we haven't heard the end of this one quite yet....