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  • Winston adams
    December 04, 2012 - 19:30

    My piece on "Efficiency by the Numbers' in the Telegram shows that while rates go up, the consumers bills actually go down. That is something neither options presently considered by Nalcor can offer. It is what many other jurisdictions outside Nfld are doing. Same thing as a efficient Hybrid car . gas price goes up but gas usage goes down. With electricity effective rebates to customers for cost effective heating does it.

  • Winston Adams
    December 03, 2012 - 13:54

    Cyril , wind in Hawaii can hanndle at least 20 percent of the system total energy consumption and 50 percentof their peak load . GE did the study. Their system is an isolated one like ours. nalcor's early statements about wind here being only good for less than 5 percent---very misleading.

  • Cold Future
    December 03, 2012 - 11:57

    It is interesting that the loan guarantee will cost the feds nothing???The savings are said to be about $1 billion over the project life. They could have picked any number because not one cent will be put in by the feds. It is the equivalent of the NL government devising a calculator to tell the people how much they will save by not developing an imaginary/dreamed up option which can and is given any cost that makes the calculator work to dupe the public. It is also interesting that mr harper and Mackay have dictated that the guarantee is contingent on NS coming aboard with the Gulf cable. This effectively gives NS the upper hand in the bargaining over the price of energy and the cost overruns for the cable and any upgrades to NS transmission facilities.Sort of resembles Joey having the price reduction for the last 26 years of UC pushed down his throat at the last minute. ABC'd again by the C's, an old NL story in a new era-makes us feel good don't it?

  • Cyril Rogers
    December 03, 2012 - 11:27

    Every time Minister Kennedy opens his mouth he is misleading people, whether intentionally or otherwise. Oil prices may rise in the long term but will not, in any significant way, contribute to large annual increases in the cost of electricity. To start with, oil burning at Holyrood is only contributing 10-12% to our annual needs, despite having the capacity to handle closer to 40%....the same amount that NL Hydro is being forced to purchase from Muskrat Falls, on its "use it or pay anyway' plan. Wonder who made that deal? Bear in mind that we will always need thermal generation, for backup if nothing else, so Holyrood will eventually be replaced by newer gas-fired generators that are much cleaner and more responsive to peak loads. They can cover any gaps caused by wind, if wind farms were built....at a fraction of the cost of Muskrat Falls. Incremental increases will always occur but one wind farm would cost less that the annual interest payments on the debt associated with MF. It could easily be absorbed into the system, at minimal cost to consumers. I am not advocating for much of an increase in capacity, by any means, because there are other ways to decrease consumption......... but there is no vision and no leadership from either the government or the utilities on that.

  • Dirty Bill
    December 03, 2012 - 09:43

    Since bill 29 and watching how this Muskratfalls is being handled and unfolding, I find it hard to believe anything our Tory MHA's say any more. If This new office of public engagement is suppose to replace bill 29 then we have dropped the bar to an all time low. And I tunk that the MHA's mustashes for movember were drawn on by steve kent with is new marker, after the minister told him to. What a talent!