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The BC Utilities Commission said what?

July 6, 2010

Over the past couple of years, we’ve encountered some crazy distortions of the truth, some outright falsehoods, and some wild misinformation flowing out from the anti-green-energy movement — led to a large extent by the COPE 378 union representing BC Hydro’s thousands of public sector employees.

But the ultra-whopper that’s been making the rounds over the past few weeks in a well-coordinated series of letters to the editor takes the cake by claiming that the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) somehow “ruled” or “concluded” that independent power producers are not in the public interest.

Setting aside for a moment the fact that the BC Utilities Commission never “concluded” anything of the sort, and nor did they ever make such a ruling against independent green energy producers, it seems abundantly clear to us that the genesis of this gnarled new myth must be the BC Utilities Commission’s rejection last summer of BC Hydro’s Long-term Acquisition Plan (LTAP) which the commission rejected for reasons completely unrelated to independent green energy and the producers who supply it. 

In fact, the BC Utilities Commission stated the exact opposite of what this latest anti-green-energy myth is claiming: The commission specifically referenced independent green energy producers in their LTAP decision as an energy resource that BC Hydro “can and should manage” in order to meet the province’s goals for electricity self-sufficiency in a cost-effective manner.

But as we’ve seen time and time again, the facts are never allowed get in the way of a good myth in the “curiouser and curiouser” world of the COPE 378 led campaign against independently produced green energy; even if a myth turns the truth completely on its head as it clearly has done in this case.

Overall, we can only conclude that the COPE 378 myth machine is stuck in overdrive and awaiting parts or that someone has been feeding it recycled Rafe Mair editorials from the bottom of bird cages.  Either way the claim being made is pure crap and on par with other misinformation promulgated by those campaigning against independently produced green energy.

Unfortunately — and as with so many other anti-green-energy myths — we suspect we’ll be seeing a lot of this newly-minted myth as it joins its bretheren on the misinformation highway, merrily popping its head up here, there and everywhere like a whack-a-mole for many years to come

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