Flashback: Ted Morton Had it Right

Alberta’s Energy Minister Ted Morton is charged with touting the government line on electricity transmission. His past statements suggest that he knows that the transmission overbuild planned by the government will be disastrous for Alberta; however, he has not had the courage to publically oppose Alison Redford on this. There was a time when Ted Morton agreed with RETA about the problems with this transmission overbuild.

During the leadership race, Morton conceded that the government arm which called for building these lines has a bias towards over-building the transmission grid. He said at the time “There’s no question the mandate of the Alberta Electric System Operator tends to give it a bias toward over-building.”

Morton also claimed to be against Bill 50, the legislation which by-passes the normal needs-assessment process for certain transmission infrastructure. As many others have pointed out, it makes much more economic and environmental sense to build power plants closer to the areas where electricity might be needed. (In the case of the Heartland Transmission Line, industrial consumers of electricity wanted a natural gas-fired power plant put directly in the Heartland area – this would be much cheaper than building the Heartland Line). Morton said: “I cannot support Bill 50…Bill 50 risks massively overbuilding the grid and you are the ones who will have to pay for it. This is at a time when natural gas is clean and cheap. Bill 50 ignores the opportunity to build gas-fired power plants close to the cities. ”

Ted Morton was right then, and it’s high time that he had the courage to stand up for his convictions.

~ by RETA on January 14, 2012.

 
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