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H.O.P.E. Brief to the P.E.I. Energy Corporation

Publisher:  Help Our Provincial Environment (H.O.P.E.) Environmental Group, Charlottetown, Canada
Year Published:  1980  
Resource Type:  Article

Abstract:  This brief begins by describing Help Our Provincial Environment (H.O.P.E). Established in 1975, H.O.P.E has since become a member of the Maritime Energy Coalition of public interest group. The group claims that it is the only citizen group on P.E.I. involved full time in energy issues. their work involves public education and the scrutiny of government and industry. HOPE has concentrated chiefly on energy issues and most specifically on the Point Lepreau nuclear electricity station that is presently under construction near St. John, New Brunswick.

The brief, first of all, endorses the efforts of the P.E.I. provincial government to cancel the bilateral agreement for a 5% share of the Pt. Lepreau station. The authors comment on the fact that the provincial government must buy all out0of0province electricity directly from the N.B. Electric Power Corporation (which owns the Pt. Lepreau station). PEI does not take advantage of cheap surplus electricity being sold by other provinces especially Newfoundland. The HOPE brief therefore supports all efforts to have free movements of electricity across provinces.

HOPE urges the provincial government to make this issue a priority at constitutional talks and conferences and to have the issue brought to the Supreme Court of Canada. the brief also emphasizes the importance of the immediate cancellation of the PEI - Pt. Lepreau energy contract and encourages conservation to the dullest.

Finally, the brief asks that "public input be used to decide a final energy strategy and not just to rubber-stamp government ideas."

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