The Board concludes that the information provided
by Nalcor in the review is not detailed, complete or
current enough to determine whether the Interconnected
Option represents the least-cost option for the supply
of power to Island Interconnected customers over the
period of 2011-2067, as compared to the Isolated Island
The Public Utility Board has scorned Jadis, The White Witch, by refusing to eat her Turkish Delight.
The strain, anger and frustration was evident, as the veteran legislator Premier Dunderdale reeled from blows delivered by the rookie MHA for Burgeo-Lapoile, Andrew Parsons. The carefully manipulated plan to force Muskrat Falls though decision gate three has been foiled.
The government's carefully choreographed communications plan, the ring-fencing to produce a desired outcome, has been for naught. The Public Utility Board has basically said, garbage in, garbage out! They are not convinced by the Nalcor directed data used by Navigant, Manitoba Hydro International and the Consumer advocate that the current proposal is the best option for consumers in this province.
I guess Brian Peckford, Cabot Martin, David Vardy, Kevin Aylward, Tom Adams, Ron Penny, the Joint Federl-Provincial Environmental Process and other critics who demanded more study of other options, are not wrong, after all.
So, now, after months of refusing to debate the merits of the project in the House of Assembly, the Premier is telling the opposition she will allow a debate. The government will say they are doing so to facilitate democratic discourse. In fact, it will be about using a strong Progressive Conservative Majority to ram an unpopular Muskrat Falls deal down our throats.
The government is also going to commission studies on natural gas and wind energy.
Frankly, the ineptitude in not having this information available and aspart of the original discussion shows how seriously amateur is the government's approach to the growing lack of confidence in this project.
Jadis is not happy and there is nothing that Ginarrbrik can do to help her.