Site C Dam 'Doesn't Make Sense,' Says Former BC Hydro CEOPosted: Updated:
In an exclusive interview, former BC Hydro CEO Marc Eliesen says ratepayers will face a "devastating" increase in their electricity bills if the Site C dam is built and emphasizes there is no rush to build new sources of power generation in B.C.
"With Site C, BC Hydro ratepayers will be facing a devastating increase of anywhere between 30 and 40 per cent over the next three years," Eliesen told DeSmog Canada in his first interview on the subject.
"There's no rush. There's no immediate need for Site C or any other alternative energy," he said.
Eliesen's comment about the lack of immediate need for the power echoes statements made by Harry Swain, the chair of the panel that reviewed the Site C hydro dam for the provincial and federal governments. In March, Swain told DeSmog Canada the B.C. government should have held off on making a decision on the dam.
With a price tag of $8.8 billion, the 1,100-megawatt Site C dam is the most expensive public project in B.C. history. The hydro dam, which would impact 13,000 hectares of agricultural land, has been proposed for the Peace River for three decades.
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