This is the most likely multi-generational cost of electricity from Site C. That should be compared to the $68/MW-Hour paid for Private Power Purchases that BC Hydro was forced to negotiate with for-profit companies. For a full discussion of how this number was calculated see my previous post on LCOE for hydro projects.
This is the total annual electrical generation capacity in BC. Site C will add 5 TW-Hours.
4.6 Billion liters
Amount of gasoline consumed in BC each year=41 TW-Hours
additional generation which will be needed when all cars and trucks are electric (a certainty over the next 50 years)
5 Billion Cubic MetersAnnual domestic consumption of natural gas in BC=52 TW-Hoursadditional generation which will be needed when we stop burning fossil fuels to heat homes and businesses
Number of solar panels that would have to be installed in BC to generate the same amount of power as Site C
The cost to install those solar panels – and we still would have no power at night and very little during the day in winter.
Number of wind turbines that would have to be installed in BC to generate the same amount of power as Site C
The cost to install those turbines which would have to be located on pristine mountain-tops causing significant habitat destruction – and we still would have no power on the frequent days when winds are calm across BC.
If we think we’re going to need additional electricity capacity in the future why wouldn’t we build Site C now when interest rates are low? Do we think construction costs are going to decrease in the future?
Site C is the best renewable energy option for BC – for today and for future generations
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