The name David Vardy has been linked with criticism of the Muskrat Falls project since its earliest days, when he had already retired from public service. Vardy, a former Clerk of the Executive Council and Secretary to Cabinet and chairman of the Public Utilities Board, says the questions we really need to answer are about democracy and how we as a society are going to respond to Muskrat Falls. I sat down for an interview with him before he left for the Muskrat Falls symposium in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Q: What makes you happy about what’s going on with the Muskrat Falls issue right now? Anything? So what makes me happy is that we finally have a public inquiry. And this is not the public inquiry that I asked for: what I wanted was a panel of people that were very knowledgeable about construction projects. And what do we end up…
“The renewable energy revolution is occurring faster than anyone predicted.”
We spent a year going without the dishwasher, microwave, electric heating, and laundry machines to find out what our power consumption habits were costing us. Now we’d never go back to using them.
Was Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest expenditure ever a mistake?
The Muskrat Falls alternative—conservation and demand side management—is more job intensive, employs Newfoundland and Labrador residents almost exclusively, and saves money for ratepayers, government and industry.
The price of electricity is going to rise even more than we thought
There are important lessons to learn from this year’s infamous blackouts
What’s the real deal with the proposed electricity rate changes in the province? They hardly seem justified. Is it Poll Goosing season?
If Labrador doesn’t benefit, this project must not go ahead. Brandon provides the research our government won’t…
A recap of the news conference this morning, including photos and the MOU document
The Newfoundland and Labrador Environment Industry Association (NEIA) says that it is pleased to see the release of two action plans from the government concerning climate change and energy efficiency. “We are pleased that this Government is taking a strong position on climate change and energy efficiencies.” said NEIA Executive Director Linda Bartlett “We are aware there are concerns on meeting carbon emission targets by 2020 and are looking forward to Government addressing these issues.” The Climate Change Action Plan outlines the provinces’ strategic approach to climate change for the next five years. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the current impact of global warming are the main focal points of this document. The Energy Efficiency Action Plan is the province’s first strategy wholly dedicated to energy efficiency. The plan highlights the benefits of energy efficiency including lower household energy bills, reduced dependency on unsustainable energy sources, improved business…
Nalcor has submitted the necessary environmental impact study for the construction and operation of about 1,100 kilometres of electric power transmission line and associated infrastructure between the Island and Labrador. Nalcor has identified two cable landing locations, one being at Mistaken Cove and the other at Shoal Cove, both of which are on the Northern Peninsula – and has proposed numerous options on how the lines would get there. Click here to read the report. Public comments on the study must be received no later than September 20th. Source: VOCM