This deal folks is a gouging scam....What FortisBC proposes is this.......
FortisBC wants to pump water out of Nicola lake uphill to a man-made reservoir and then during peak hours (Between 4pm and 9pm) release the water back to the lake and produce electricity......
There are many glaring problems and contradictions with this plan......I will start with the biggest problem.
- It will take more power to pump the water uphill than it will recover on the water`s return to the lake.
- There are already problems with low water years, there is no guarantee how much water will be available for pumping.
- The lake will be lowered by about 1 foot during the pumping uphill process.
- The lake water will be warmed by this process.
- The disturbance to fish on the waters return will be severe.
Let`s start with the first one....The project claims it will produce 770 megawatt hours, but it will require importing 1200 megawatt hours from Alberta!
So here Gordon Campbell has been lying about the import/export power ratio in B.C......Gordon Campbell has been running around crying foul about importing dirty power from Alberta in the middle of the night, this project will increase that ratio and will directly mean importing MORE dirty power....FortisBC wants to buy cheap power in the middle of the night from Alberta which it will use to pump the water uphill.....Then when power rates are higher during peak use periods they plan on releasing the water back to the lake?
BC Hydro has been making lots of money for our Province for decades doing the same, BC Hydro would buy power in the middle of the night, dirt cheap Alberta power that would other wise be wasted, you can`t store electricity....But there is a big difference, BC Hydro was not importing more power than what they were producing, BC Hydro wasn`t using the Alberta power to pump water uphill, BC Hydro wasn`t buying twice as much power to produce half the power....
This will adversely hurt fish, the Nicola lake watershed will be warmed.....Water will race back to the river at 20 times the rate that the Nicola lake empties into the Nicola river!
This project is a net energy loss, a net loss of power by hundreds of megawatt hours.
If this project was to proceed it would mean that Gordon Campbell`s clean energy scam would have to scam us with another project .....Because as you know, Campbell claims that we must be energy efficient by 2016.....With projects like this will only add to the import/export deficit...This is a scam, everything Gordon Campbell does is a scam........Gordon Campbell....You must stand up and say...
(This project goes against everything I have been saying about being self sufficient, the project is dead)....But friends, Gordon Campbell will not say that, this project is about firming up intermittent wind power...you can read the story here.
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