Utilitarianism

Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s parent firm gave the provincial Liberals some pocket change in the lead up to the recent election. According to the party's Elections British Columbia filing, PG&E Corp. contributed $1,832.25 to the Liberals on March 11. Pacific Gas and Electric, one of the largest natural gas and electric utilities in the United States, has been eyeing the province as a source of "wind-generated and other renewable electric power."

In June 2008, The Vancouver Sun's Scott Simpson reported the company wanted to "proceed with negotiations to build a $4-billion ground-level transmission line upgrade" from southeastern British Columbia to northern California, allowing it to tap into that power.

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