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The BC Sustainable Energy Association is calling on the BC government to postpone a final decision on the proposed Site C project, and instead to order BC Hydro to update its Integrated Resource Plan and submit it to the BC Utilities Commission for a thorough public review.
BC Hydro's resource analysis is out of date, given the speed with which technologies like wind and solar power are developing and falling in cost. They could prove to be cost effective alternatives to produce the power that BC needs without needing to flood valuable agricultural land.
Also, it would be financially imprudent to rely on BC Hydro's in-house cost estimate for Site C. Eight billion dollars is a lot of money to invest without independent public scrutiny.
Tom Hackney is Director of Policy with the BC Sustainable Energy Association. He specializes in policy development and advocacy, and is especially interested in what will best stimulate society and our political leaders to make the big changes that will put us all on the road to sustainability. Tom co-founded BCSEA in 2003.
Guy Dauncey is a speaker, author, activist and eco-futurist who works to develop a positive vision of a sustainable future, and to translate that vision into action. He is founder and Communications Director of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and the author or co-author of nine books, including the award-winning The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming. He is an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC, and a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland.