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  • Cold Future
    November 08, 2012 - 14:37

    When Danny Williams annnounced a term sheet with NS to build Muskrat Falls, it was to replace Holyrood generating station and connect to the mainland. It the few months to follow that initiative has snowballed into a need for power. How can there be a need for power if we are taking 475 MW of capacity out of the system ( a station that has a utilzation of 10 to 15 % per year) and replacing it with about 500 MW after transmission losses. The net gain in capacity to the system is 25 MW. If we are building 3000 new houses per year should not the population be increasing by about 12000 per year. Is 2 plus 2 still 4 ????

  • Denise Hennebury
    November 08, 2012 - 12:35

    I have been trying to figure out what the right words are to question this process. How is it that we are being told that this is the best option AND are expected to produce an alternative if we disagree. But I think I have it figured out ... With ANY public bid schools and governments are expected to work out the alternatives in detail. I appreciate this might be the "least cost option" on paper, however I want to see a viable alternative (be it a project, a series or projects or purchase decisions) worked out with as much care and detail as this. Looking at this project and thinking "this is the best option" and spending all the time money and energy on proving yourself right COULD have been done with ANY viable option (even if that option is to buy from Hydro Quebec for a fwe more years). Energy or NO Energy is not much of an option. If Muskrat Falls fell through we woudl find other solutions. What would that look like? Just curious.

    • david
      November 10, 2012 - 14:03

      We have a government that has had its feet set in Muskrat Falls concrete since Danny poured it. It is another in a long, unbroken chain of "home-run-swings" that have yet to produce even a man-on-base (a few of those could win a game, BTW....). With every one of these whiffs and strikeouts, we get closer and closer to the last inning. And the swings get bigger, wilder, and the bat could just fly out of our hands.

  • K
    November 08, 2012 - 11:31

    How much for turbine generators, will they be used and kept for back-up. If so do we need Muskrat. Why not let I.O.C. obtain power from Churchill Falls, as well as any company in Lab. now or future? WE will get it back. Nalcor says it is using conservative figures as well as government. Hope the poor and middle class have deep pockets.

  • K
    November 08, 2012 - 10:28

    How much to obtain from Churchill Fallos ? Till we retrieve the Falls?

  • David
    November 08, 2012 - 09:16

    Seriously? The government is trotting out house construction rate data from the once-in-an-eternity Hibernia housing boom in St. John's, that is now already in the rear-view mirror, during a period of virtually free mortgage financing, in a province that is otherwise depopulating at a fatal rate? Compelling stuff.

  • David
    November 08, 2012 - 09:12

    Demand for New Government is Clear: Everybody Else.

  • Winston Adams
    November 08, 2012 - 09:11

    As to the new paper on power demand, i have a number of question gone for clarification. One is this: At the PUB hearing, the MHI data showed our residential load was 50 percent of the total. There are 3 main sectors; residential, commercial, and industrial. Electric heat is the main problem, and much is said about the number of new houses. This new paper shows the residential as 60 percent-- but not 60 percent of the total, 60 percent of just the residential and commercial. When you look at the Table showing the individual usage, the residential is only 46.3 percent of the total, instead of the 50 percent some months ago. So is the numbers being played with for appearance as to residential demand?

  • Winston Adams
    November 08, 2012 - 08:59

    Excellent article. as to costs it's an investment, The USA study showed a 8 percent power surcharge return a 24 percent reduction in power bills. Normally a 4 percent surcharge with 50 rebate to residents costs to install efficiency measures. Other places, like Vermont do 10 times more than we do to help home owners with such programs