Re: AESO warns of blackouts with plan for net-zero grid, Opinion, Sept. 29
AESO is an Alberta entity, therefore many energy think-tanks and for sure Ottawa will automatically disregard any comments or assessments from them.
How about a team of really smart and non-political people, from all stakeholders, work on a non-biased, mathematical examination of Alberta’s electrical system?
Every part of the electrical system has a math component: load under varying weather conditions, reliability of various generation systems (wind, solar, natural gas, etc.), load growth, contingency generation, costs, emission reduction goals, etc.
Alberta consumers want power when they need it, under all predictable (math again) events. These smart people are capable enough to put aside their personal biases and just do the math without a preconceived outcome. Use your collective energy to develop and agree on a project plan.
Brian McConaghy, Foothills County
Alberta has its priorities wrong
Instead of fighting with the Canadian government, distorting the truth to suit their agenda or trying to implement an Alberta Pension Plan on false pretence to get us on a path toward independence, the UCP should try to fix our existing issues with health care, seniors care, homeless people, diversification of industries and education.
Start taking responsibility toward the lives of regular Albertans.
Evelyn Hunt, Calgary
Changes are needed to fix health care
Wait times are absolutely unacceptable for emergency treatment and surgery while people are experiencing pain and anxiety. Earlier intervention will require less treatment, reduce costs and improve outcomes.
Some possible solutions include: Alberta Health Bonds with an income tax credit on the interest. Use funds for medical infrastructure, to train nurses, doctors and technicians; use diagnostic facilities 24 hours a day; don’t force Albertans to go out of province to pay for surgery; encourage First Nations to partner in constructing private health-care facilities on their land; eliminate bureaucratic red tape and senseless government tinkering, learn from countries that are solving problems in public health care.
We must do better.
Gerry Boyer, Calgary
Alberta has done big things. Why is it thinking so small now?
How is a province that cut its teeth building a huge industry around extracting heavy oil trapped in sand now, perplexed by the prospect of turning its electrical grid to lower emission power sources? We hear: We can’t do this. We’ll have blackouts. We won’t implement this in Alberta.
Who are we now?
It looks like we’re a province that says we need a moratorium on clean energy development that is pausing billions in investment. A province that would rather pick a constitutional fight with the feds. If two-thirds of Albertans are against the renewable moratorium, surely the Alberta government must realize that the populace is putting out a call on climate action and would like to see robust investments in development.
Albertans still believe we can do big things. I just wish our provincial government had more vinegar.
Isabelle Bonneau, Calgary
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