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NDP opposes Clean Energy Act, fearing lack of public oversight

The NDP is vowing to fight the B.C. Liberals’ Clean Energy Act, saying it would allow $10 billion in spending without appropriate public oversight.

The NDP is vowing to fight the B.C. Liberals’ Clean Energy Act, saying it would allow $10 billion in spending without appropriate public oversight.

Bill 17, which is being debated in the B.C. legislature this week, would remove consumer protection from unnecessary hydro rate hikes, the NDP claims, and shift more taxpayers’ money into the hands of private power companies.

“Politicians with no experience whatsoever in the energy sector will be setting arbitrary targets for energy production, export limits (and) transmission lines,” said John Horgan, NDP energy critic.

Horgan added the act would bar the B.C. Utilities Commission from evaluating the merits of independent power projects under B.C. Hydro’s clean power call.