Many benefits from large hydro projects

The cost of building new energy projects these days is staggering, just as it must have been for earlier generations in this province when the big hydro dams we currently have were built.

The cost of building new energy projects these days is staggering, just as it must have been for earlier generations in this province when the big hydro dams we currently have were built.

A prime example of these construction costs is the recently revised cost estimate to build the Site C dam, which has now risen to $7.9 billion.

With project costs like these in the billions of dollars, it’s easy to understand why BC Hydro and the provincial government are keen to promote energy conservation and to shift some of the costs, and the risks, of new energy projects away from taxpayers and onto the private sector.

Fortunately there is a clear and immediate benefit to the billions of dollars being spent in this province on new energy projects, that being the creation of tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs — and jobs are very important to young people like myself.

Site C alone is expected to create as many as 35,000 direct and indirect jobs over its seven years of construction, with smaller private sector energy projects likely doubling that number.

Electricity is an essential ingredient in our economy and without it we would not have the prosperity and standard of living we have.

And, with electricity demand expected to rise by as much as 45 per cent in this province over the next 20 years, we’re going to need the new energy that big projects such as Site C and a network of smaller private sector energy projects can provide.

So although energy projects may be costly, they are vital and a well warranted investment in our economy and in job creation, for our future and for our present.

Mike Lockhart

Saanich

 

Just Posted

Hatley Gardens at Royal Roads, now free to public

1,500 plants recorded in garden, including 1,000-year-old Douglas Fir

Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital home to new cancer diagnostic suite

The Gordon Heys Family PET/CT Suite was unveiled at the BC Cancer Centre-Victoria

Unsealed record suggests U.S. man convicted in murder of Saanich couple left DNA on zip tie in 1987

William Talbott is set to be sentenced Wednesday in the murders of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg

Supreme Court Judge rules medicinal marijuana company must vacate farm in Central Saanich

Evergreen Medicinal Supply Inc must vacate no later than Aug. 31, 2019

Studies for E&N corridor still on track after BC Transit investments

Recent investment in bus fleet expansion doesn’t slow studies into alternative transportation routes

Police ask for help locating missing men last seen in South Surrey

Jeep that Richard Scurr and Ryan Provencher were in has been located unoccupied in Logan Lake: RCMP

Surrey court clerk files human rights complaint related to concussion

Deborah A. Ryane claims her employer discriminated against her on basis of mental disability

Food fight: Liberals, Tories trade shots as pre-campaign battles intensify

Health Canada released an overhauled document that did away with traditional food groups and portion sizes

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Most Read