We all know our hydro rates have headed skyward in the past few years, but many of us don’t understand how rate hikes relate to new private power projects in BC – and haven’t realized it’s going to get a lot worse. BC energy policies are trading our wild rivers for long term commitments to private companies and BC Hydro has been forced to purchase power from those companies for well above market value. The result is rate hikes, present and future. Gordon Campbell Liberals have committed BC Hydro to 40 years and more than 30 billion dollars in unprofitable and unnecessary power purchase agreements.
The government spun numbers to make it appear BC had a looming energy shortage – not so. Their promised export market is also not real. What’s “Green” by BC environmental standards is unacceptably "Brown" in California: BC’s environmental assessments aren’t good enough.
Why is public power such an important asset in BC? What can we do to reclaim social benefits and regain control of our energy rates? When do our futures depend on learning to conserve energy and protect rivers? What can you do? BC Citizens for Public Power
is presenting answers. Joined by eminent ecologist and Greenpeace co-founder Rex Weyler
, and Gwen Barlee from the Wilderness Committee
, there will be a lively discussion about what’s happening and what can change. Lannie Keller from Friends of Bute Inlet
will offer an update on local river developments at Bute and Toba Inlets. Join us and share ideas. Get informed and get empowered! Monday, November 8th 7-9 PM at Campbell River Community Centre, 401 - 11th Ave.