Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Albertan's to compete with Oilsands for Power1 

John Clark
14815-123 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5L 2Y7
September 2, 3004.

Honorable Ralph Klein,
Room 307
Legislative Building,
Edmonton, AB T4K 2C6

Honorable Murray Smith, MLA
404 Legislature Building,
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6


Your news release in the Edmonton Journal of to-days’ date on the power line from Fort McMurray to Edmonton is but a microcosm of what you have planned for us. It shows capabilities of 600 MW. It is my understanding the present condition of the Edmonton connection cannot handle 600 MW more power until upgrades are in place, several years down the road and there is no certainty on just how this will be accomplished. It can however serve as an example.

When Alberta was short of power and the blackouts and brownouts were last happening the Oil Sands Generation was directed to ENRON California and Albertan’s needs were not even considered! My letter to you at that time described it as profiteering on a non existent emergency. It turns out I was exactly correct! What kind of a supply guarantee does this give us? Certainly there is no moral operative here!

Considering the history of export comes before Alberta supply, why are you asking Albertans to pay for this small, 77 million dollar line? Where exactly will they see it on their power bills? You have a provincial equalization plan in place to make sure Albertans all pay the same for transmission allowing exporters a free ride on the same lines.

Are the lines presently moving 600 MW of power? Who is the supplier?
How will Albertans pay for this segment of the power grid? And, how much per month will these lines cost us?

These are straight forward questions that should not press your integrity. Honest answers please?

Yours truly,

John Clark

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