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

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Ralph's Blackout in the works! 

John Clark
14815-123 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5L 2Y7
September 14, 2004..

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

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

Dear Ministers:

In July I asked if you had a critical line analysis for the events on your electrical power project. I have received nothing which leaves me to assume again, there is no plan; just spin it as it goes.

I have been asked by an apartment building complex if they should buy a generator as a hedge against the frequent power shortages expected in the future. My advice to them “If you can afford a generator, buy it and get it installed.”

The press in North America is full of warnings about the inadequate power supply on both sides of the border. It is really too bad you chose to destabilize the Alberta power generation though legislation in order to privatize it!

Your AESO organization makes it clear that new generation will have to be on line by 2006 or, we will be sitting in the cold and dark. All evidence points to there being no electricity to buy at that point and God only knows what the prices will be!

At some point the new but late Keephills generating capacity will come on line and the 240 KV Genese-Keephills Edmonton line will have to be shut down for a week to 2 weeks probably in order for new shunts and breakers to be installed for the higher voltage.

Where is the electricity going to come from to make up for the total loss of this major generation center? I have asked you in the past if AESO had contracts to supply in place and with whom. No response again leaves me to deduce there is nothing.

Two weeks in the cold and dark for Albertans?

I think decent and finite answers are needed so we can at least find our own way out of this mess you have caused!

John Clark

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