The last time a major hydro dam was built in B.C. there were barely three million people living in the province. More than 1.5 million people have been added since then and they all use electricity.
Hydro dams built to supply three million people can’t realistically satisfy the needs of 4.5 million people regardless of how many conservation measures and energy efficiencies are implemented.
Unfortunately, some people don’t seem to understand this and seem to think that B.C.’s existing dams can satisfy our growing electricity demands indefinitely. Well it just ain’t so folks!
The math is really very simple: more people using more electricity means more electricity is needed. Previous generations built the hydro dams we’ve benefited from at great personal cost.
We’ve been standing on their shoulders, and it’s time for our generation to step up and pay our share.
Christopher Law, Coquitlam, B.C.