Provincial Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy has been repeating the question for months: “Do we need the power?”
The question is in relation to the $7.4-billion Muskrat Falls hydro project and, on Wednesday, his department and Nalcor Energy offered up an answer on paper.
According to the forecast for power need, a block of power once being sent to the province’s paper mills has been freed up, and there are fewer people living here.
On the other hand, those who are living here are demanding more power than ever before and quickly eating away at the power available.
“We have had 28,800 new houses constructed between 2002 and 2011, with 86 per cent of them using electric heat,” Kennedy told reporters during an afternoon news conference at the House of Assembly. The paper stated 85 per cent.
“Since 2006, we’ve averaged over 3,000 homes a year with the maximum of 3,600 in 2010.”
Industrial demand has gone down, but “we have more homes, we have less people in the homes,…