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Newfoundland's Electricity Options: Making the Right Choice Requires and Efficient Pricing Regime

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  • James P. Feehan

    (Memorial University)

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The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is assessing whether to authorize the multi-billion dollar Muskrat Falls hydroelectricity project on the lower Churchill River in Labrador. Proponents say it is needed to handle expected increases in electricity consumption. A better first step, however, would be to reform provincial regulations that set artificially low prices for electricity and support excessive power consumption, which is a problem in Newfoundland as it is in other provinces. Changing regulatory regimes so that the price of electricity reflects underlying costs would make economic sense and promote energy conservation. For Newfoundland, such a change could make the expensive Muskrat Falls project unnecessary.

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Paper provided by C.D. Howe Institute in its series e-briefs with number 129.

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Length: 6 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2012
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Publication status: Published on the C.D. Howe Institute website, January 2012
Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:129

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Keywords: Economic Growth and Innovation; Governance and Public Institutions; Water Series; Province of Newfoundland; electricity; hydro; pricing; Newfoundland and Labrador Hydor (NLH); Nalcor Energy; Muskrat Falls Plan (MFP); Isolated Island Option (IIO);

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  1. James MacGee, 2012. "The Rise in Consumer Credit and Bankruptcy: Cause for Concern?," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 346, April.
  2. Adam Aptowitzer & Benjamin Dachis, 2012. "At the Crossroads: New Ideas for Charity Finance in Canada," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 343, March.
  3. Alexandre Laurin & William B.P. Robson, 2012. "Achieving Balance, Spurring Growth: A Shadow Federal Budget for 2012," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 344, March.

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