Economic Development and Environmental Impacts of Other Energy Projects
Two major TGG projects related to other energy projects:
- Manitoba Hydroelectric System Planning, Operations, Project Assessment and US Exports
- Hydro-Québec System Planning, Operations, Project Assessment, and US Exports.
Manitoba Hydroelectric System Planning, Operations, Project Assessment and US Exports
Wuskatim Generating Station and Transmission Project (1999-2005)
On behalf of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation (PCN):
- Evaluated Manitoba Hydro system planning, environmental review, and disclosure relating to the Churchill-Nelson hydro project
- Assessed the environmental and other impacts from existing hydro and the proposed 200 MW Wuskwatim hydro project
- Analyzed the need for comprehensive assessment of the entire Churchill-Nelson project (existing, proposed, and future)
- Reviewed precedents regarding comprehensive assessment of existing major hydro projects
- Submitted comments to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Northern States Power’s supply requirements in relation to Manitoba energy exports from Wuskatim.
Conawapa Generating Station (1990, 1992)
On behalf of a coalition of citizens’, conservation and environmental groups:
Filed expert evidence in the 1992 Conawapa Project Environmental Assessment concerning:
- the need for environmental reviews to evaluate the justification of design alternatives to the 1290 MW Conawapa hydro project
- a description of the changes in the utility industry and new supply source options affecting the design alternatives included in an environmental review
- a review of the treatment of the project justification in North American environmental assessments.
Filed expert evidence before the Manitoba Public Utilities Board in the context of the 1990 Manitoba Hydro Submission for the Conawapa generating station, which included:
- a review of the Manitoba Hydro submission; a review of Manitoba Hydro load forecasting; an estimation of economic and attainable conservation potential; development of principles of conservation program design and delivery; a critique of the utility’s proposed demand-side management program, an evaluation of supply-side alternatives and analysis of avoided costs; an assessment of employment and economic development effects of hydroelectric development and conservation; and an analysis of profitability and risks of the proposed power sales contracts.
Conawapa Project Environmental Assessment: Justification Panel; Testimony of Ian Goodman, Chris Goodwin and William Marcus (1992)
Hydro-Québec System Planning, Operations, Project Assessment, and US Exports
Great Whale Project (1989-1994)
Submitted evidence and testified before various regulatory and legal bodies in the US and Canada on behalf of the Grand Council of the Crees (of Québec) and/or a coalition of environmental groups to assess the economic and environmental impacts of the proposed 3160 MW Great Whale Project, as well as the long-term US export contracts based on the project.
TGG’s wide-ranging efforts were instrumental in Hydro-Québec’s eventual cancellation of the Great Whale Project. Key interventions included:
- Submitting evidence between 1989 and 1991, before the Vermont Public Service Board, including a review of a proposed thirty year, 450 MW purchase by twenty-four Vermont utilities of Hydro-Québec power derived from the development of the Great Whale Project; and an analysis of planning and operation of Hydro-Québec power supply and modeling of hydro reservoir levels.
- Testifying in 1991 before the State of Vermont Supreme Court regarding the same 450 MW purchase and providing a summary of changes concerning load forecasts and supply-side alternatives and an analysis of the cost effectiveness of the contract.
- Submitting an analysis of the nexus between New York Power Authority purchases and the construction of specific Hydro-Québec facilities (notably Great Whale), as well as the operation of fossil fuel electric generation before the State of New York Supreme Court in 1990.
- Presenting a review of Hydro-Québec’s proposed export contracts to Vermont (450 MW) and New York State (1000 MW) before Canada’s National Energy Board in 1990.
- Analyzing confidential risk-sharing electric supply contracts between Hydro-Québec and large industrial customers, including an assessment of the resulting implications for Hydro-Québec and its ratepayers in 1991.
- Submitting evidence in 1992 for the Canadian and Québec governments’ Environmental Review of the Great Whale Project including a discussion of changes in the utility industry and new supply resource options affecting design alternatives included in an environmental review.
- Assessing an 800 MW seasonal diversity contract in the context of the 1994 energy market before the State of New York Assembly Standing Committees on Energy and Conservation.
Canadian National Energy Board Hearings; Hydro-Québec Applications to Export Electricity to The New York Power Authority and Vermont Joint Owners; Grand Council of the Crees (of Québec); Economic and Technical Aspects and Electricity Demand in Quebec, Joint Testimony of William Marcus and Ian Goodman (1990)