The Atlantic chapter of the Sierra Club and the Halifax-based Ecology Action Centre are calling on the provincial government to consider alternatives to the $6.2 billion Lower Churchill hydro project.
“It’s really hard to accept at face value that this is the best option on the table,” says Brennan Vogel of the EAC. “We need to see more clarity provided by government.” He adds that instead of the multi-billion-dollar Lower Churchill project, Nova Scotia should be looking at importing potentially cheaper hydro-electricity from Quebec while financing more community-based wind and solar projects here.
He says the provincial government and Nova Scotia Power seem intent on bringing in Lower Churchill power via expensive undersea transmission cables and exporting part of it to the US—a move that would boost power company profits.
“We know Nova Scotia has a monopoly electrical utility so, in the absence of competition to result in fairer prices for Nova Scotian ratepayers, we’re perhaps being left in the dark...as to what the best options on the table are for providing stable, secure, renewable electricity,” Vogel says.