SELINA ROBINSON / TRI-CITIES NOW
FEBRUARY 18, 2015 12:00 AM
Coquitlam-Maillardville – Re: “City tries to prevent Burrard Thermal closure,” Friday Feb. 13.
Burrard Thermal makes sense as an emergency backup power source for BC Hydro. It was only back in 2008 when ice formation on the reservoir in the Peace required Burrard Thermal to be fired up in order to keep the lights on in this province. Having our energy come to us from the Peace means that we rely on long, long isolated transmission lines that could be disrupted by a forest fire or by an ice storm.
The decision to discontinue Burrard Thermal doesn’t make sense from a business point of view and was never properly reviewed at the BC Utilities Commission or anywhere else, for that matter. Furthermore, while providing tax revenue to the City of Port Moody should never be the reason for keeping Burrard Thermal open, I was disappointed to read that rather than advocating for her constituents, Liberal MLA Linda Reimer chose, essentially, to tell Port Moody residents to raise their property taxes to make up for dubious BC Liberal decisions.
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