2019-02-14 Major report on Liberals and BC Hydro “Zapped”

1) Oppose Development of Spectrum Frontiers 5G on Health Grounds  By Dr. Ronald Powell

“Why is Spectrum Frontiers 5G so especially outrageous to the public?

 “It would greatly extend FCC’s current policy of the MANDATORY IRRADIATION OF THE PUBLIC without adequate prior study of the potential health impact and assurance of safety.

It would IRRADIATE EVERYONE, including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children, teenagers, men of reproductive age, the elderly, the disabled, and the chronically ill.” 

http://nebula.wsimg.com/cd1ae35ac217f717d9ef624c8c34ca91?AccessKeyId=045114F8E0676B9465FB&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

or   http://www.electronicsilentspring.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Ron-Powell-Comments-on-5Gpdf.pdf

2)   A UN whistleblower reveals that after reviewing the info  provided re 5G, many people are terror-struck at the implications for life on Earth. 

The Dangers of 5G to Children’s Health

“Organizations concerned about the health hazards of wireless radiation note that “Right now, you don’t have to live next to a cell tower….but once they have these [5G] cell antennas everywhere, you won’t be able to [move away].” Unfortunately, the “nowhere to hide” aspects of 5G are even more serious, because ground-based 5G systems will be supplemented by satellite-based systems. In March, 2018, the FCC approved the initial launch of over 4,400 low-Earth-orbit 5G communication satellites, to be followed by thousands more over the next two years—with the eventual result being 11 times more satellites orbiting the Earth than currently. The satellites will send “tightly focused beams of intense microwave radiation at each specific 5G device that is on the Earth,” while each device then sends “a beam of radiation back to the satellite.” 

In practical terms, this means that in crowded locations such as airports, individuals’ bodies “will be penetrated by numerous beams of radiation as they walk or as other people walk around them with their 5G smartphones.” But even in the home environment, “5G technology [will] blast through walls and cribs,” making a mockery of “the notion that ‘your home is your castle’ in which you are supposed to be safe.”…

 The UN whistleblower states, “People’s first reaction to the idea that 5G may be an existential threat to all life on Earth is usually disbelief and/or cognitive dissonance. Once they examine the facts, however, their second reaction is often terror. We need to transcend this in order to see 5G as an opportunity to empower ourselves, take responsibility and take action.””

https://childrenshealthdefense.org/news/the-dangers-of-5g-to-childrens-health/ 

3)  An independent report commissioned by Energy Min. Mungull explains how the Liberal Government demanded that BC Hydro undertake projects and buy energy that is not needed at unsustainable prices that will drive up rates and debts for British Columbians. One of the consequences is that the regulatory body that is in place to protect us, the BC Utilities Commission, was forced not to do its job. This is a long read but it provides a full picture of a government out for the interests of corporations and special interests.

It was the Clean Energy Act that mandated the smeter program and Site C without regulatory oversight, and under the power of this program our right of choice was eliminated. Further the government established the opt out fees and demanded that they be approved by the BCUC.  This was the Liberal Govt.  While the NDP seems to be looking into the IPPs which, in many cases,  were contracted to benefit Liberal donors, will they also consider reversing the Clean Energy Act which, in essence, broke the law by removing oversight? 

Zapped: A Review of BC Hydro’s Purchase of Power from Independent Power Producers conducted for the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources by Ken Davidson, Feb. 2019

The Clean Energy Act removed the BCUC’s project approval role for a long list of significant projects. Given BC Hydro is required to adhere to the mandate and directions it receives from Government, the effect of this change was to move the approval of all the projects into the unfettered control of the Government, without the independent oversight and protection for ratepayers typically provided by BCUC. Pg.31

 The Clean Energy Act left the BCUC with the ability to approve BC Hydro’s rate proposals, but Section 8 of the Act severely limited that ability. Section 8 required the BCUC to approve rates sufficient to allow BC Hydro to recover all of the costs of many of its energy acquisitions from IPPs that were driven by Government policy–including Bioenergy Phase 2, the Clean Power Call and the SOP–without the ability of the BCUC to approve the EPAs themselves. The Clean Energy Act has an aggressive feel to it that is not typical of legislation. While it deals with many topics, there is certainly a focus on the future role–or lack thereof–of the BCUC in approving Electricity Purchase Agreements with IPPs. Pg.32 

Modernizing BCUC 

With the announcement of the Clean Energy Act on April 28, 2010, Government issued a backgrounder on “Modernizing the British Columbia Utilities Commission.” In the context, “modernization” is an interesting euphemism. The BCUC’s role is defined in legislation. It is to ensure customers receive safe, reliable energy at fair rates while ensuring the service providers can earn a fair return on their investments. These rates fund ongoing operations and infrastructure for the energy utilities. In this announcement of the Clean Energy Act, “modernize” meant eliminating the independent oversight of the BCUC’s for approval of certain material projects BC Hydro was directed by Government to undertake, including:

• Northwest Transmission Line

• Mica units 5 and 6

• Revelstoke unit 6

• Site C

• Bioenergy Phase 2 Call for Power

• BC Hydro’s Integrated Power Offer

• Clean Power Call

• Standing Offer Program

• Feed-in Tariff

BC Hydro’s Smart Metering and Smart Grid program Pg.34-35

Charts of pages 48-53 show how effective this “modernization” was, with many, many contracts being exempted from BCUC oversight.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/farming-natural-resources-and-industry/electricity-alternative-energy/electricity/bc-hydro-review/bch19-158-ipp_report_february_11_2019.pdf

BC Hydro customers set to pay $16B over 20 years for power they likely don’t need: report

BC Hydro ratepayers are expected to overpay by billions of dollars for electricity it doesn’t need, due to costly and unnecessary contracts with independent power producers (IPP), according to a new report.

Energy Minister Michelle Mungall commissioned the independent report, written by former B.C. Treasury Board director Ken Davidson, which pinned the blame for the power deals on the previous BC Liberal government.

“The annual impact of this surplus energy to BC Hydro ratepayers is estimated as $808 million per year or ~$200 per year per residential ratepayer, which is equivalent to $4,000 per residential ratepayer over 20 years,” the report said.”

https://globalnews.ca/news/4959739/bc-hydro-ipp-report/

 

Sharon Noble, Director,  Coalition to Stop Smart Meters 

The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare.    ~  Daniel Patrick  Moynihan

www.stopsmartmetersbc.com