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NDP's John Horgan unveils environmental plan

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VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – NDP leadership candidate John Horgan says if he becomes premier, he wants to create a new arm of BC Hydro to handle green energy.

Horgan says a subsidiary called “Renewables BC” should be created to handle power generating sources like solar, geothermal, wind, hydro and micro-hydro. Horgan says it’s important they are owned and operated in the public interest, and not run for shareholders.    

“Our hydro resources are the envy of the world,” says Horgan. But he says they’ve been diminished as the Liberals pushed for independent power projects.

The Juan de Fuca MLA says another non-biased body is needed. “So that there’s a third, independent voice at the table when we’re discussing our electricity needs.  It’s not good enough to leave it to cabinet.  It’s not good enough to leave it to the Board of Directors at BC Hydro.  We need to ensure that the public is paying the lowest rates they possibly can [for] what is clean and green energy.”

He says he doesn’t think we need the power from Site C, a long-awaited dam and generating station on the Peace River, right now. But he does say the environment assessment needs to run its course.

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