Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 02/3/2014 11:06 AM | Comments: 0
The Bipole III Coalition filed its submission today with Manitoba’s Public Utilities Board calling for a "slow down" of Manitoba Hydro’s plan to build two new generating stations.
The coalition says the plan to build Keeyask and Conawapa will cost $34 billion.
The PUB’s review of Hydro’s plan is to begin is to begin March 3. The Needs For and Alternatives To (NFAT) hearing is scheduled to end May 3. The PUB is to issue its report to the Manitoba government by June 20.
The coalition says Hydro’s growth forecast, the basis of its expansion plan, is overstated and does not reflect Manitoba's future demand for electricity.
"Using Hydro’s own records, the coalition's submission demonstrates that Hydro's load forecast does not properly reflect the flattening of load growth in Manitoba over the past eight years," the group says in a news release. "It is also out of line with forecasts of modest load growth in the U.S. including the northern regions into which Hydro exports electrical energy."
The Crown power utility says it needs to build the Keeyask and Conawapa generating stations in the next decade not only to meet the province's energy needs, but to meet demands south of the border and to the east and west.
The Selinger government has said domestic demand is forecast to rise 80 megawatts a year.
Hydro's plan calls for the start of construction of the 695-megawatt Keeyask generating station in June 2014, with the first turbine to start spinning by 2019. That’s to be followed by construction of the 1,485-megawatt Conawapa generating station, with a 2026 in-service date.
The forecasted price tag for Keeyask is $6.2 billion and Conawapa is estimated to cost $10.2 billion. There will be an additional cost of running a transmission line to the Minnesota border.
The coalition says it proposes a more reasonable load forecast which better reflects current energy trends in Manitoba and the northern regions of the U.S.
"With the more defensible forecast, the coalition demonstrates that the in-service date for the next generation plant could be delayed until at least seven years," it says.
Hydro and the NDP argue export sales will rebound when natural gas prices rise and more coal-fired power plants in the U.S. either close or switch to natural gas.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Sanders wants city decisions to consider environmental consequences
Police nab suspected vehicle thieves
Changing students' thinking goal of treaty-education project
Two people rescued, pet dies in Furby Street fire
TV appearance big deal for women with Winnipeg ties
Man recovering from stab wounds
Winnipeggers still enjoying warm weather
Man fatally stabbed for staying too long at cousin's home
Appeal court reserves decision in Sinclair case
Boycott used to protest spending
Assiniboine Park Zoo gets thumbs-up
Candidate juggling too many balls
Union fans flame of Judy W-L's bid
Incoming U of W president promises new, collaborative approach
Norway House man found dead, 24-year-old arrested
Councillors back inquiry into missing, slain women
Identity of homicide victim confirmed
City stacked with police officers
Browaty contends park announcement on the up-and-up