02 April 2012

Electricity regulator balks at judgment on Muskrat project #nlpoli #nlpoli

From the report by the public utilities board on Muskrat Falls:

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 Option. (p. iv)

You can tell the provincial government isn’t happy.  In their media advisory, they posted the link to the general Muskrat Falls information page and not to the report itself. If they wanted you to read it, they’d have given you the direct link right up front.

This report likely also explains why On Point panellists Shawn Skinner and Lana Payne spoke about the project like it was already dead or dying.  When Skinner said the board’s report would have a watered-down impact as a result of government decisions, he wasn’t talking about overall impact.  He was talking about the potentially positive impact the report could have to persuade people Muskrat was the good choice.

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