Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2022 12:32:50 -0600
From: "John W. Warnock" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: A New Energy Regime is Needed
As many politicians and media commentators have remarked, the electricity
blackout in the east should serve as a "wake up call." Even
source of power in the winter. Most of us have natural gas furnaces
that cannot be started without electricity. Without heat many people
die. A friend of mine was away when his furnace went off, his water
pipes froze and split and it cost him $10,000 to repair the damage.
The main problem is the overdependence on burning coal and the integration
and centralization of the entire Saskatchewan power system.
Why should people in La Ronge be dependent on electricity generated
at plants near the U.S. border?
An alternative has always been there, but it has been rejected by
our politicians, whether NDP, Liberal or Tory. Given the costs alone,
would be criminal to build a nuclear power plant. The Calvert government
has put the highest priority on refurbishing our existing coal fired
generation plants so that they can operate for another 25 years.
have also promised that a new "clean coal" energy generation
be built in Saskatchewan. This is clearly the wrong way to go, for
The best alternative is the alternative energy program set forth
by the Saskatchewan Energy Conservation and Development Authority
before it was abolished by the NDP government in 1995. Their studies
proposed a shift to renewable energy and the phasing out of coal.
saw no need for a nuclear approach.
Sask Power has a capacity of around 3500 megawatts (MW). Studies by
SECDA identified a potential of 1200 MW of wind
in the Cypress Hills-Swift Current area alone. They estimated that
was a potential for 900 MW of new power through co-generation from
the existing industrial capacity in the province. For the north
province, they identified a potential of 1600 MW from fire kill,
from forest waste, and 50 MW from wood waste. Small hydro could
150 MW. natural gas co-generation could provide 500 MW.
There is also a great potential from passive and active solar
systems. Hundreds of megawatts could come from energy conservation
and efficiency projects; we have none at present. The U.S. government
putting a high priority on biomass crops grown on marginal lands.
Switchgrass, hybrid poplars and willows are being grown for use
decentralized, smaller energy generators. The U.S. Department of
plans to convert 50 million acres of marginal land to this purpose.
Europe is also moving in this direction.
is a much better alternative energy system available which is much
cleaner and safer than fossil fuels and nuclear power.
tends to be locally owned and controlled. But it is not what the corporations
and their political friends want. They want privatization, deregulation,
centralization and continental integration. We desperately
need a real change in government.
John W. Warnock
John W. Warnock is the candidate for the New Green Alliance in