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Field counters misinformation — Again!

April 22, 2010

You have to hand it to the opponents of independent green energy projects in B.C. — they are relentless in their systematic efforts to spread as much misinformation and distort as many facts as they possibly can.

One of their favourite claims (or “whopper” as we like to call them here at BCCGE headquarters) is that green energy projects don’t undergo any environmental scrutiny and aren’t required to adhere to environmental regulations. 

Their claim is completely untrue and absolutely ridiculous.

Renewable green energy projects, like run-of-river and wind energy projects, typically require more than 50 approvals, permits, licenses and reviews from 14 government regulatory bodies before they can proceed.

But facts rarely stand in the way of relentless green energy opponents eager to spread whoppers, and a typically misinformed letter claiming that green energy projects don’t undergo environmental scrutiny recently appeared in the Tri-City News in Coquitlam.  

Our BCCGE co-spokesperson, David Field, responded with the following letter…

Green projects face same scrutiny

The Tri-City News (Published: April 18, 2010)

The Editor,

Re: “Environment will pay a high price” (Tri-City News , April 9, 2010).

In her letter of April 9, Laura Dupont implies that independent green energy projects do not undergo environmental assessments and are not subject to environmental regulations.

Not true.

Renewable energy projects typically require more than 50 approvals, permits, licenses and reviews from 14 government regulatory bodies before they can proceed.

Dupont also claims that the province doesn’t turn down any green energy projects for any reason. Again, her claim is not true and is highly deceptive. Dupont is neglecting to point out that for every project that manages to reach the final stages of the multi-year approval process there are dozens of other projects that are withdrawn or cancelled along the way, many early in the process when an insurmountable environmental issue presents itself.

The few projects that do reach the final stages of the approval process are projects that have already managed to pass several rigorous layers of environmental scrutiny with clear indications that they can successfully meet the province’s tough environmental standards for renewable green energy projects.

Dupont’s claim that “consumers of hydro will certainly be paying a higher price” because of independent green energy projects is equally wrong and disingenuous. Renewable electricity from independent producers doesn’t even register among the reasons given by BC Hydro for their rate increase.

BC Hydro rates are going up because BC Hydro is spending billions of dollars to update and renovate their antiquated electricity generating facilities and mega dams, most of which were built in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

A prime example is the $900 million to $1.3 billion BC Hydro is about to spend adding two new 500-megawatt turbines to the Mica Generating Station which is just one BC Hydro updating project currently underway.

Space does not allow me to adequately address other points of misinformation in Dupont’s letter, but further accurate information is available on our B.C. Citizens for Green Energy website at www.greenenergybc.ca and I invite your readers to seek out the facts.

David Field, Co-spokesperson

B.C. Citizens for Green Energy

 

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