The numbers say Ajax will indeed get a BC Hydro subsidy
Re: KTW’s front-page story of Oct. 11 (‘BC Hydro says mine would not get cut rate’) was high on rhetoric and low on detail.
If the information in section 21-12 of the proposed Ajax mine-feasibility study is incorrect, why did BC Hydro not come forward earlier to refute the claimed amount of 3.5 cents per kWh?
If the amount is incorrect, what is the correct amount?
BC Hydro’s large industrial customers are charged under rate schedule 1823, which results in an average charge to a typical mine of 4.6 cents per kWh.
Why did BC Hydro spokesman Dag Sharman not disclose this in the article?
In a May 14 letter to the Kamloops Area Preservation Association, BC Hydro indicated the cost to provide new electric power to a new customer is approximately 12 cents per kWh.
The people of British Columbia will soon be asked to fund the Site C Dam to the tune of $7.9 billion to meet new demand such as the proposed Ajax mine.
Residential-power bills increased by eight per cent in April and are scheduled for another substantial increase next year, while industrial rates for customers such as the proposed Ajax mine are not scheduled for any increases
Residential users pay a rate of 10.19 cents per kWh and are subject to skyrocketing rates and the cost of the Site C Dam, while the Polish-owned KGHM will pay only 4.6 cents.
If this is not a power subsidy, I ask Sharman to explain what it is.
Kamloops Area Preservation Association