Economy’s demand for electricity is falling
Re: “Site C megaproject rouses campaign debate,” April 19.
The Site C dam is becoming a campaign issue, according to the article. B.C. Liberal Leader Christy Clark is defending the project by stressing the need to ensure that the province’s future growing demand for electricity will be met.
Where are the signs of this growing demand? There has been no growth in electricity consumption for the past 10 years, and none is forecast for the next five. How is this possible as the economy of the province continues to grow?
One has only to look to our southern neighbours, a country far more industrialized than this province. Down south, electricity consumption per capita has been falling for the past six years in a row, even though the economy has been steadily growing and has more than fully recovered from the 2008 financial crisis.
Total electricity consumption today is less than in the pre-crash year of 2007. There has been an unprecedented decoupling of the relationship between economic growth and electricity consumption.
Why will the situation be any different here, and if it is not, why are we building Site C? Charles Woodruff Oak Bay