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

Monday, October 25, 2004

Minister asked to come clean on power costs! 

John Clark
14815 – 123 Ave
Edmonton, AB
T5L 2Y7
October 25, 2004.

Murray Smith, Minister of Energy,
404 Legislature Building,
Edmonton, AB T5K 2B6

Dear Minister:
I have a letter from you which states Albertan’s will pay no more than 2.00 per month as an increase for power transmission because of your power line construction and implementation.

Also cost projections on the original AESO submission to the EUB have been augmented with projected costs of natural gas used in generation. These figures are extreme by comparison to today’s prices but, nowhere in the submission does it extrapolate into the cost ramifications this will have on generation!

I consider the prices presented in the area of 3 billion dollars total for generation up grades and new power lines a far stretch from the original projections. Also the Auditor General has cited your government for chronic under estimation on projects. Deliberately low-balled to get the projects under construction and left open, unchallenged for massive increases without challenge!

This is clearly a method of operation, not any kind of oversight. Being such we have to question the EUB figures even though they allow a 30% differential, unchallenged.

I am addressing the S.A.L.T. group (Seniors Alliance and Liaison) Tuesday the 26th. I would like very much to get creditable information as to the future cost of power and transmission and the timeline you see for it.

I have on several occasions asked the simple question “does the 358 million budgeted for power protection for Albertan’s apply to the transmission of power also?” The question is important because the price of electricity usually drops when new power is brought on. Only competition with the Oil Sands for power and Power Export to other jurisdictions could make us pay more and provide windfall profits for the power companies similar to the oil companies.

By return as soon as possible please so we can get decent information to our pensioners!.

John Clark

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