BC Energy Minister rejects NDP call for moratorium on independent power projects

BC’s new Energy Minister is flatly rejecting the NDP call for a moratorium on independent power projects.

Blair Lekstrom says that to date, the projects have generated 1,100 jobs and $4.5 billion dollars in BC capital investment… [asset|aid=870|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=65a22cdbf44dce5bd50c750d8045b6fc-Lekstrom-1_1_Pub.mp3]

This is a particularly tricky situation for the Peace River South MLA, because he voted against one section of a Liberal government bill on the issue as a back-bencher, a few years ago… [asset|aid=871|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=65a22cdbf44dce5bd50c750d8045b6fc-Lekstrom-2_1_Pub.mp3]

The New Democrats want a ban on the IPP’S, while their cumulative impact is examined but Mr. Lekstrom notes, about half the 46 projects in question got their start when the New Democrats were in power.

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