Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy. — Telegram file photo
The provincial government released three reports today it says addresses the issues surrounding suggested alternatives to Muskrat Falls power and helps establish the mega project as the best option to meet future power demand needs in the province.
The reports also help support the claim that now is the right time to develop the resource.
“It is not feasible to defer Muskrat Falls under the assumption that the province will have cheap or free power in 2041,” Natural Resources Minister Jerome Kennedy said today in a news release.
“Waiting for available Upper Churchill power in 2041 is not a practical, economical, or sensible alternative to Muskrat Falls.”
The papers, Upper Churchill: Can we wait until 2041?, Gull Island: Why not develop Gull Island first?, and Legal Options: S92A, Good Faith and Regulatory Proceedings in Quebec were released today by Kennedy’s department.
“Reports released today provide clear, concise information which refute the suggestion that the province has not explored all options with respect to Quebec and the Upper Churchill,” Kennedy said. “Our research and studies support the position that Muskrat Falls is the best option to address demand requirements for our province.”