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This article was published 13/12/2009 (2804 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
It is extremely disappointing that a government decision is forcing Manitoba Hydro to run the next DC transmission line down the west side of the province. This is almost certainly a bad decision economically, technically and developmentally. How unfortunate the people of Manitoba don't get a say in a political decision that could cost each one of us an estimated $500 to $1,000 in addition to ongoing operating costs. And what are the benefits?
It is not my intent here to repeat all the reasons against this decision. This has been quite adequately done by many others. Rather, I make these comments from the viewpoint of a retired employee who had served Manitoba Hydro as a professional engineer for nearly 30 years, many of them working on the HVDC system. During this time I have had and continue to have the highest respect for Manitoba Hydro's management and engineering staff. They are thorough, competent and have had proven success with large complex technical systems including the world-class HVDC Bipole I and Bipole II. Allowing politics to override sound and proven decision making is surely a mistake.
This is a decision that needs to be reversed for the good of all Manitobans.