Be aware of independent power production

Be aware of independent power production On Friday evening, January 22 at 7 p.m., John Calvert, professor and author of Liquid Gold, will speak about the selloff of British Columbia's energy resources to private power developers, and the disastrous impli

On Friday evening, January 22 at 7 p.m., John Calvert, professor and author of Liquid Gold, will speak about the selloff of British Columbia’s energy resources to private power developers, and the disastrous implications for BC citizens.

Why is this issue important to Yukoners? The Yukon government is considering dramatically altering the way power is produced in the territory and is asking the public about how to introduce independent power producers and net metering to the grid.

We cannot afford to go the way of BC, which saw its energy plan transform BC Hydro from a generator of publicly owned electricity to a purchaser of energy from private power developers; which saw bids with a market price of $50 to $55 per megawatt hour rise to $87.50 with an estimated skyrocket-like rise to $124 per megawatt hour by 2051. Bill 30 took away the rights of local BC governments to reject private power development applications. BC energy policy is rapidly bringing an end to the era of affordable hydroelectric energy production.

We encourage Dennis Fentie, members of his caucus and all MLAs to attend and we urge all Yukoners to attend Calvert’s forum to become informed about independent power producers and the effect and impact they will have on our daily lives. This is too important to miss.

Julie Docherty, president

Yukon Area Council

Public Service Alliance of Canada