Incentives to conserve shouldn't be needed
Is it just me or did the announcement of the change from Conserve Nova Scotia to Efficiency Nova Scotia irk you as well?
During the announcement it was stated that power rates would increase to cover the cost of this change as well as the cost of programs that will be run. Why should we pay higher power rates to cover the cost of programs to get people to conserve power?
If people can’t figure out that saving power saves them money directly, why should we pay for these fools?
It was said at the press conference that reducing power consumption would enable Nova Scotia to avoid building a $1 billion coal-fired generating plant in the future to cover future demand. Just how many compact fluorescent bulbs would it take to save that much electricity?
Since Nova Scotia Power is a private company, why wouldn’t it pay for and build a new plant to supply power to its customers since it would reap the increased revenue?
Why should taxpayers have to fund the new plant? What are the chances of getting environmental approval for a new coal-fired plant in these times?
Why are people touting electric cars as the future for saving the environment if we don’t have the power available or we have to build new power plants to handle the load, especially if they are coal-or oil-fired, not to mention what a nuclear plant costs to build and maintain?
Conserve power, absolutely, but to have a government arm or whatever tell me that I will have to pay more to tell people to conserve electricity is ludicrous. This seems like just another case of friends of the government keeping their high-paid cronies in useless jobs.
And I don’t blame the NDP for this; it was coming before this government came to power. But the New Democrats should seriously look at the usefulness of this change. We need less costly government, not more. Editor’s note: Advocates for the energy conservation drive concede that power rates could rise as a result but argue that in the long run they’ll be lower than they’d be without these measures. It’s generally assumed that any new power plant would be financed through electricity rates, not taxes.