My letter regarding the proposed amendment to Summerland’s energy policy prompted responses from the manufacturer of the Revolution unit and one of its customers.
I would like to clarify that I am not questioning a home owner’s decision to buy this equipment for personal use.
My concern rests with ElectroMotion’s plans to install a large number of their Revolution units in Summerland and to connect them to our electrical grid.
It is claimed that their technology will save home owners and community money while being carbon neutral.
How is this possible? We are enjoying some of the lowest utility rates in the world.
Ninety-three per cent of our electricity is generated using clean and renewable resources.
How can this be improved by connecting a number of gas burning generators to our local grid? This is what my letter was all about.
Before our administration and Council consider the requested change to our energy policy, they must scrutinize technical, cost and environmental data provided by ElectroMotion.
They must then include the significant cost of adding power distribution and control equipment to the municipal grid.
Only then can we be assured that our tax dollars are spent wisely while protecting our environment.