Younger: Premier Misleading Nova Scotians on Power Rates
November 28, 2011
(Halifax, NS) Liberal energy critic Andrew Younger says that Premier Dexter is misleading Nova Scotians about the price of power coming from the Lower Churchill project.
“The premier said multiple times that the power coming from this project will bring cheaper power to Nova Scotia,” says Younger. “This is not true – any power from Lower Churchill will be at a higher rate than we currently pay.”
Younger says that rates from Lower Churchill, though higher than our current rates, should be stable and help wean the province off energy derived from coal.
“We need to reduce our reliance on energy derived from coal,” says Younger. “That’s what Lower Churchill helps us do, but it will not be cheaper than we currently pay.”
Younger says that’s why the Liberals pushed the government to buy power from Hydro Quebec.
“The power from Quebec is green and cheaper than the power we will get from the Lower Churchill project – it would help mitigate increased costs of Lower Churchill power,” says Younger. “We must move to more renewables, but this premier must stop misleading Nova Scotians about the price of power from Lower Churchill.”