Letter: a perspective on Energy Diet

Ken Holmes’ recent critique of the Energy Diet initiative was puzzling.

To the Editor:

Re: Some perspective on dieting

Ken Holmes’ recent critique of the Energy Diet initiative was puzzling to me, not so much the pedantic detail offered to support his criticism, but rather the difficulty I have in understanding the ultimate purpose of his missive.

The ultimate purpose of the Energy Diet is clear enough: to conserve energy. That’s good isn’t it?

Whether Rossland is amongst the fattest in the nation or just plain plump is not really the issue. If we all used just a little bit less energy that would add up to a lot.

We all know that but most of us need a carrot or two to guide us down the path of righteousness. The Rossland Energy Diet is a practical example, demonstrating that the demands ordinary consumers place on our energy resources can be reduced.

‘Demand-side management’ is becoming something of a mantra these days; the regulators are insisting on it and the energy utilities are embracing it, hence the grants and subsidies—the carrots—that are now encouraging the exploitation of this relatively low cost energy resource: conservation.

It’s been a long time coming: 40 years since another ‘crowd’ jousted with BC Hydro, first at the Seven Mile water licence hearings, then Revelstoke, then Site C, seeking to convince BC Hydro and the BC Water Comptroller that energy conservation was a viable alternative to dams, dams, and more dams—BC Hydro’s only answer to their 12 per cent annual energy growth projection at that time.

Two of those projects were built, but still a lot of water has flowed down the rivers since then. The conservation option has become respectable; BC Hydro, Fortis and other utilities are now walking the talk.

The BC Utilities Commission requires rate structures that penalize excessive use instead of rewarding it. This is all good to see for someone who was involved all those many years ago.

The Energy Diet is good to see too, because it brings conservation home to where we can all make a difference.

Graham Kenyon, Rossland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Looking to rent affordable housing in Greater Trail?

The website lists non-profit housing options available in the Lower Columbia

Woman raising funds to save historic Rossland piano

Rare Steinway piano was in Miners Hall for a century, but was headed to the dump

Rossland tax break bylaw called unfair, council mulling changes

New businesses competing with existing ones can no longer apply for revitalization tax

Trail man arrested, drugs and cash seized

Crime Reduction Units from Trail and Castlegar executed a search warrant on Rossland Avenue

West Kootenay opinion sought on health care issues

Rural Evidence Review getting strong response to survey call-out

Kelowna toddler suffers cracked skull after fall from balcony

Neighbour who found the two-year-old boy said he has a bump the size of a golf ball on his head

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Improve your life and theirs, adopt a cat from the BC SPCA

The BC SPCA holds an adult cat adoption promotion

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Pipeline protester chimes in on Justin Trudeau’s B.C. fundraising speech

The government purchased the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

Most Read