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.

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John Slow
January 1, 2007

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Devon All Candidates Question#1 

Question to All Parties:

The Torries are well underway to a multi billion dollar electrical program of generation and transmission south. In addition to this, there is a Fording/Sherritt plan in the wings (10 millions budgeted for the hearing; 4 billions estimated for generation plant to be built at Brooks Alberta code name Bow City; Associated power lines on top of this.

There has not been one whisper of how we are going to pay for this or who is going to pay for this. General philosophy of “market driven prices will prevail” points Alberta at US escalating costs. US is facing huge power shortages the bid prices for power are going to sky rocket to double or triple what we are paying now! Alberta has seen power prices in the range of 16 cents per kilowatt hour at the wholesale level over the past 2 months! Monthly averages are climbing! I’m very sure no one in this room has seen their power bills go down!

Because the Government separated power generation from power transmission and made transmission costs a shared expense it is necessary to ask if the Torrie Ministers’ announced budget of 358 millions for protection of Alberta from “Power increases” is also going to extend to protection from “Transmission increases”? Is the protection only to the 358 Million or can it be extended beyond?

Because of 1/2 minet constraint on questions this never made it to the mic!
Discussion after forem was one of great alarm!

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