Energy expert counters B.C. electricity policy critics

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The Independent Power Producers Association of
BC (IPPBC) today released an academic Peer Review by international energy
expert Dr. Mark Jaccard that "validates the BC Energy Plan and the role of
independent power producers (IPPs) in meeting BC's electricity supply needs,"
says IPPBC President Steve Davis.
    The Association commissioned Dr. Jaccard to conduct an independent review
of two controversial 2007 documents: 'Liquid Gold' by John Calvert and 'Lost
in Transmission' by Marvin Shaffer. Dr. Jaccard's review is titled: Assessing
BC Electricity Policy: Peer Review of two controversial 2007 documents.

    On Liquid Gold, Dr. Jaccard states:
           ". . . Calvert's book is best read as a political propaganda tract
           rather than as an independent, unbiased analysis."

           ". . . the (BC) government's current electricity policies appear
           to have sound 'public interest' rationales, and these policies are
           consistent with those of governments in other jurisdictions, even
           jurisdictions with left-of-centre governments of the type that
           Calvert would presumably prefer to see here in BC."

    On Lost in Transmission, Dr. Jaccard states:
           "Proper consideration of the risk of very high prices for fossil
           fuel derived electricity within a decade would suggest a different
           strategy than Shaffer espouses. Indeed it would favour a resource
           acquisition strategy for BC Hydro that is very close to that
           currently being followed through the policy directives of the BC
           Energy Plan."

    "These two documents have been used by political organizations and
special interest groups in an attempt to justify their opposition to the BC
government's Energy Plan and to IPPs," said IPPBC President Davis. "Dr.
Jaccard agreed to review them on the contractual understanding his results
were to be released publicly even if his findings were counter to the
interests of the IPPBC. And, the Association was not entitled to review and
comment on any drafts in advance of public release."
    Dr. Jaccard is a Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental
Management, Simon Fraser University. He is a Panel Member of the National
Roundtable on the Environment and Economy and Special Advisor to the BC
Climate Action Team (2008). He is a former Chair and CEO of the BC Utilities
Commission (1992-97) and Chair of the BC Task Force on Electricity Market
Reform (1997-98). He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a contributing
author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
    Messrs. Calvert and Shaffer also are on the faculty at SFU. Mr. Calvert
also is a Director of BC Citizens for Public Power (BCCPP), a group formed to
oppose independent power projects. Other CCPP Directors include senior
officials of the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE), the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the Canadian Union of
Public Employees (CUPE) and the Western Canada Wilderness Committee.

    Copies of Dr. Jaccard's Peer Review and summary Highlights can be
downloaded from

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For further information: Steve Davis, President IPPBC, at (778)

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