B.C. heading down wrong energy road

I was shocked to learn that the Australians are among the world’s worst per capita carbon polluters despite having numerous renewable energy resources. In fact, over the past 50 years, as Australia’s overall energy use grew more than 10-fold, coal power use increased by 1,200 per cent.

Could British Columbia be headed in that same direction?  Could an increasing reliance on coal power be in the cards for us?  It’s a possibility considering the fact that B.C. has become a frequent net importer of coal power in recent years despite our province’s untapped abundance of renewable energy.

I don’t know at what point B.C. ceased to be capable of producing enough renewably-sourced electricity for our own domestic consumption, but with electricity demand in this province projected to increase by as much as 40 per cent over the next 20 years it’s clear that we need to start preparing for our future energy load instead of continuing to lean on imported coal power.

Jesse McClinton

Victoria

 

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