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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro has responded to Insights West’s poll regarding Site C.

The poll claimed that 70% of B.C. residents support pausing the project in favour of finding other alternatives to the mega dam.

Insights West says the poll was done through a panel of respondents. Only 821 people were surveyed out of 20,000.

“The poll was disseminated through Insights West’s online panel of survey respondents. The panel includes 20,000 adult residents of British Columbia.”

BC Hydro responded to the poll yesterday evening, sighting many incorrect facts that the poll showed.

“Today, Insights West released a poll relating to the Site C Clean Energy Project. Insights West has unfortunately based the poll on incorrect information, while omitting key details from the survey questions. As a result, the findings of the poll are not likely to be an accurate reflection of public opinion.”

BC Hydro says the poll suggests BC Hydro’s load forecast should be reviewed by the Province’s independent regulator. They say this is already taking place.

“The BC Utilities Commission is currently conducting a public process to review BC Hydro’s Revenue Requirements Application which includes our 20-year load forecast.”

“The poll also incorrectly states that according to BC Hydro’s annual reports, energy demand has remained flat for the past 10 years. In fact, like many jurisdictions, British Columbia saw a decrease in demand during the economic recession but since then, demand has recovered and is forecast to continue to grow. In addition, BC Hydro has also invested in energy efficiency programs in order to meet 66 per cent of all new power demand through conservation. We are on track to exceed this target.”

The poll also said that BC hydro stated that the province will not need new power until 2028 at the earliest. BC Hydro says “this is not true”.

“Our load forecast indicates that without Site C, British Columbia would already have a capacity deficit of 8-per cent and an energy deficit of 2-per cent within 10 years.”

The poll stated as well that BC Hydro failed to investigate alternative resource options, “which is incorrect” according to Hydro.

“As part of its long-term planning process, BC Hydro undertook a comparison of alternative resource options such as wind, run-of-river hydro, biomass, geothermal and natural gas. Studies found that Site C will provide the most affordable, reliable and clean power compared to alternatives for more than 100 years.”

BC Hydro goes on to say in the release that Site C is the most carefully studied project in the province’s history.

“BC Hydro is building Site C because it is the most cost effective way to meet our future energy needs with clean, reliable power.

Site C is the most carefully studied project in our province’s history. Planning has been underway for more than 8 years, including a 3 year environmental assessment process. Now under construction for more than a year, Site C is a critical project that will deliver affordable, reliable, clean energy for decades to come. “

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