Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Reader Challenges Wording of TC Energy Letter


I take issue with some of the wording in the recent letter submitted by John Mikkelsen of TC Energy (TC Energy Responds to Recent Letter to the Editor, October 14). In the letter, Mikkelsen says, “The Ontario Pumped Storage Project will contribute considerably to helping clean the province of greenhouse gas emissions as it will produce 1,000 megawatts of clean, emission-free power and will help reduce our reliance on natural gas generation.”

The Pumped Storage Project is NOT a power generating project, although TC Energy likes to sow this confusion. Pumped storage requires more electricity to pump the water up the hill than is produced flowing down the hill, so it is actually a net user of electricity. If the electricity it uses came from a natural gas generating plant, it would certainly add greenhouse gas emissions to our environment.

But since the electricity the Pumped Storage Project would use is nuclear, it would not create greenhouse gases. That is the only difference. I don’t know why TC Energy feels it has to play these games.

Charles Killin, Meaford

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