Premier Dwight Ball confirmed in the House of Assembly on Wednesday that officials from this province are talking to officials in Quebec about significant development of hydro-electric assets on the Churchill River.
We know that something very serious is going on – in secret – because of the way that Ball and natural resources minister . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Ball, Coady confirm secret talks with Quebec on Labrador hydro #nlpoli #cdnpoli
Today, the development of Churchill Falls is popularly perceived as a failure. Newfoundland is portrayed as the victim of a shrewd and untrustworthy lot in Quebec. They hoodwinked Joe Smallwood, the Liberal premier of Newfoundland at … . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The development of our country #nlpoli
The full text of the Quebec Court of Appeal decision in Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation v. Hydro-Quebec: pdf-srbp- . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: CF(L)Co v. Hydro-Quebec (Court of Appeal) #nlpoli
Just so that everyone is clear on this, it has taken Dwight Ball every single day from May 23 until June 2 to admit that he knew Ed Martin had received a severance payment on his departure from Nalcor despite the fact that Martin has supposedly resigne… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: What’s next for Nalco? #nlpoli
If you’re not on offense, you are on defense.And in politics, if you are on defense, you are losing.The Liberals wound up on the defensive yet again Wednesday with the resignation of Ed Martin and the entire Nalcor board.To be sure, Williams-era appoin… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Offense and Defense #nlpoli
The provincial cabinet has known since January – at least – that the powerhouse at Muskrat Falls is only 15% completed despite a huge payout to the contractor.That’s what Nalcor reported to the committee of provincial bureaucrats named by the Conservat… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Actions and words #nlpoli
“I’m concerned that we have an aging asset,” natural resources minister Siobhan Coady Siobhan Coady told CBC in explaining the most recent break downs at the Holyrood generating station.About two years ago, in the midst of darknl, then-Pr… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Old whine still sour #nlpoli
Any oil company seriously interested in bidding on an exploration license offshore Newfoundland and Labrador isn’t likely to need the hyped presentation by the provincial government Thursday.
Exploring offshore is expensive.
Always has been.
Always will be.
Exploring beyond the 200 mile exclusive economic zone, in upwards of two kilometres of water, just makes . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Hyping the stock, yet again #nlpoli
For some time now, Nalcor has needed an extra line from Bay d’Espoir to increase the capacity across the Isthmus of Avalon.
They just kept finding excuses not to install it.
In January 2014, Nalcor chief executive Ed Martin told CBC’s Ted Blades that the line would be the most expensive option with additional . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Line They Didn’t Need #nlpoli
If nothing else, media coverage about energy talks between Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador shows just how much people don’t know about what is going on in the country.
Not a crowd for half measures, the National Post ran a story on Monday morning that was rife with basic factual mistakes. They even started the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Reality check for the Ontarians, please #nlpoli
All the country’s provincial and territorial leaders – except for Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia – are in Newfoundland and Labrador this week for their annual conference.
What an opportunity for Paul Davis in an election year. He gets to show himself off looking all leader-like and premieral or whatever the word is for it.
The . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: That’s gotta suck, big time #nlpoli
The public utilities board asked Liberty Consulting to review Hydro’s decisions in 11 projects.
Hydro is looking for a rate increase. The board wanted to make sure the increase was justified.
Of the 11 projects, the consultant found:
“Liberty found Hydro’s decisions and actions imprudent in seven of the eleven specific projects or programs set . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Confidence Builder #nlpoli
If you are a Newfoundland politics junkie who hasn’t been reading Uncle Gnarley, then you’ve been missing out.
You can fix that by reading the latest offering from Gnarley – a.k.a. Des Sullivan – about Nalcor and the idea of having bureaucrats play at being entrepreneurs.
While you’re at it, you might also want to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Jewel in the Crown #nlpoli
Muskrat Falls is over budget, big time. The latest estimate is $7.4 billion and climbing on a project stat was forecast at $5.0 billion just four years ago.
The project will wind up behind schedule, most likely.
There’s a good chance Nalcor won’t have enough control over water flows on the Churchill River to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor promising Boston cheap electricity courtesy of NL taxpayers #nlpoli
Think back to last December.
A couple of Nalcor guys bragged about the company’s strategy of importing electricity when they needed during the months when prices were low and then exporting our own electricity when electricity prices were high.
Brilliant idea. It worked for Hydro-Quebec for most of the past 50 years.
There’s only one . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor following wrong energy path #nlpoli
With all the talk the past couple of days about the relationship between the provincial government and the provincial energy corporation, it might be a useful time to ask a fairly simple question:
What does Nalcor do?
Might seem like such an obvious question that it you are laughing, but hang on a . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Sound of Silence #nlpoli
The provincial government started its campaign to gain control of the political agenda on Thursday with its announcement that it would appoint someone to do something sometime in the future.
The conventional media outlets didn’t report Premier Kathy Dunderdale’s announcement that way. The Telegram, for example, called it an “independent” review but acknowledged in the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Confidence Campaign #nlpoli #darknl
The action of the Soviet Union, Winston Churchill once said, “is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
Some people in Newfoundland and Labrador likely felt that way after Day Three of Kathy Dunderdale’s one woman crusade to deny that the province is experiencing a crisis.
Most people just cock their heads to . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Crises within crises #nlpoli
1. Yep. It’s a crisis.
When you have a major utility cutting electricity to people in a blizzard at random, for random periods of time because it cannot supply enough electricity to meet demand, you have a crisis.
That’s what it feels like to the people in it. That’s what it is.
People . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Great Blizzard/Blackout 2014 #nlpoli
These days, you have to hunt around the government website to find the provincial energy plan. That’s despite the claim on the website – once you’ve found it – that the 2007 document “guides and defines Newfoundland and Labrador’s vision for energy resource development”.
The first pillar of that policy is something called “equity ownership.” . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Government Abandons Energy Plan … quietly #nlpoli
Markets in northeastern North America are already awash in cheap electricity, thanks in large part of the discovery of massive amounts of natural gas in the United States. They’ll be that way for decades to come.
Current forecasts New England’s regional electricity transmission organization hold that improvements in energy efficiency will allow New England states . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Negotiating from Weakness #nlpoli
Last week, the Quebec Superior Court dismissed a motion to hear an appeal from Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro over decisions taken by the Quebec’s energy regulator in 2010.
As NTV reported on Friday, “Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro asked for transmission access from Hydro-Québec TransÉnergie in January 2006. But Nalcor says it was met with delays, . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Nalcor’s Complaints to the Regie #nlpoli
Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation tried but failed in 2012 in an effort to see hundreds of thousands of pages of confidential Hydro-Quebec documents on the 1969 Power Contract between CFLCo and Hydro-Quebec.
A decision by the Quebec access to information commissioner in November 2012 denied CF(L)Co access to the documents under a section of the . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Access denied: CFLCo and Hydro-Quebec version #nlpoli
A half century ago, a bunch of very smart fellows – some of the smartest fellows of any generation ever – wanted to build a massive plant in the middle of Labrador to make electricity.
One of the problems the project faced was a combination of costs and markets. As Philip Smith recounts in Brinco: . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: History’s Bitch #nlpoli
Conflict of interest is great thing to deal when there is a chance of stopping it or dealing with it, not six or seven years later.
Back in 2006, conflict of interest was all the rage.
Noting the problems with conflict of interest wasn’t.