FEATURED COMMENT – Electricity for cars must come from somewhere

Drawing of Site C dam. (Image: BC Govt)

Re: Bill McQuarrie column: ‘Suppose we hired 200 doctors and paid students’ tuition?’

Are there 150 trained doctors or nurse practitioners available to hire right now? If there were, I’d be all for it. I haven’t done the research though.

There are, however, some foreign-trained qualified doctors that have been trained in places like Poland, Ireland and Australia, not exactly the third world, that are prevented through bureaucratic wrangling from practicing here. Perhaps in the immediate something could be done to allow them to work in the field they have trained and are qualified for.

As to Site C, we hear steadily from folks concerned about climate change, and advocating for wholesale increased use of electric cars/less reliance on fossil fuels, that we don’t need Site C.

It seems to me though, that charging your electric car batteries using coal or gas generated power has no net benefit for the environment. The power for electric cars has to come from somewhere, and B.C. is one of the few places in the world where re-charging electric cars by actually using a renewable resource makes sense.


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3 Comments on FEATURED COMMENT – Electricity for cars must come from somewhere

  1. As stated in another comment above, the variation in power demand between daytime and nighttime hours is extremely large. And for the most part, people charge their cars at night (I do). As well, it’s not difficult to schedule your charge to start at a predetermined time (I can). Meaning… I could start charging at 3 in the morning if that’s when the demand was lowest.

    Many power utilities have Time of Use charges. Charge more when demand is high and you’ll soon find people figure out how to load shed during those hours to save money! Incorporating home battery storage, like the Tesla Powerwall can also be a cost-effective way to shift your load to cheaper periods. Rooftop grid-tied solar is also a realistic way to reduce power consumption during the sunny hours (when grid demand is typically high).

    Plenty of studies have been done around the world, examining how the grid and current generating capacity will fare as more EV’s hit the roads. The answers are essentially the same… not a big problem, easily overcome with current facilities.

  2. tony brumell // April 19, 2017 at 11:36 AM // Reply

    BC already has enough electricity to charge all vehicles in the according to a Pembina inst ( I think)column a couple of years ago.This is true simply because demand rate for electricty goes down drasticly at night.This of course is when most vehicles would be charging.We would have to stop selling that power to the US or grounding it because we can”t use it.New technology in hydro transmission would increase the amount of power that could be made available to us..At present we lose up to 30% of long distance hydro transmission due to line loss and inefficient switching and transformers.

  3. The somewhat famous and arguably fairly reputable University of British Columbia has just released an interesting study regarding Site C completely dismissing opinions like the one held by Mr. McClelland.
    Furthermore, I am incensed by Mr. McClelland take on the doctors issue.
    Because we could have had doctors if the government of his liking would’ve had the fortitude to plan ahead. Lastly, the “burocratic wrangling” he mentions is also a government issue which should’ve been solved long ago.
    The problem is, the current government in our province loves narrow narratives and pandering to the highest bidder.
    A bunch of salespeople, really.
    It is easy to govern by letting others tell you what to do. It is much harder when good values and good morals are to be upheld.

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