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Your letters for Feb. 24, 2022


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Albertans have choice in managing their electricity costs

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Electricity contracts for homeowners are currently below wholesale prices. That’s a good news story for Alberta’s residential consumers.  Please see the Utility Consumers Advocate for the choices available to you. (www.UCAhelps.ab.ca).

Competition works. Alberta’s residential and wholesale energy markets are competitive. There are 200 participants in the wholesale market and 30 plus retailers in the residential market. Even so, these markets are responding to changes in supply and demand fundamentals.

Because most of Alberta’s electricity is provided by natural gas-fired generation, rising natural gas prices have affected power prices. Power demand has also increased. Alberta is now Canada’s third-largest power market and just hit its all-time peak demand in January. January’s peak followed a new peak last summer and what was a new peak last winter.

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Decarbonization has also impacted Alberta’s supply fleet. Coal units, representing nine per cent of Alberta’s supply, were taken offline during last year to convert to natural gas.

Prices will rise when demand rises, when input costs rise and when supply is curtailed. The good news is that prices also fall when new supply is added. Two thousand megawatts of new supply are coming onto Alberta’s grid in the next three years, furthering competition.

Evan Bahry, executive director, Independent Power Producers Society of Alberta

Diplomacy not on display

How very diplomatic of you, Peter MacKay, to say (on television Feb. 23) in describing Russian President Putin: “If his lips are moving, he is lying.” This should contribute to a good working relationship with Russia! Just what is needed at this time!

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Liz Wilson, Calgary

Adoption can be the right option for some

Re: With revenue gusher, UCP shifts away from trumpeting restraint, Opinion, Feb. 23

Columnist Don Braid points to increased funding that will benefit “pregnant, low-income young women and girls” who presumably have decided to keep their children. As an adoptee, I approach this issue from the point of view of the child. Having found my birth family, I am extremely grateful my teenaged birth mother gave me up for adoption, instead of — dare I say selfishly — keeping and raising me.

While I agree these pregnant teens need support until their children are born, I hope they do the noble thing and give their children up for adoption by the many couples who desperately await them. In my view, this selfless choice benefits all parties. I salute my mother’s wise decision.

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Nancy Marley-Clarke, Calgary

Time to reflect on horrible actions

Re: Animal abuser gets three years for beating to death wife’s dogs, Feb. 19

I read this article, and the quote from John Geick, sentenced to prison for the cruelly inhumane act of beating two innocent dogs to death, wherein the accused says, “I am terrified I am not going to come out of this as the same person.”

I do believe that is exactly the point.

Twyla Laakso, Calgary

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