had a dismal 2010 as near-record-low precipitation last winter and spring in Ontario and Quebec has deprived it of the water levels needed to turn its turbines. The winter's sparse snowfall and the dry spring are posing challenges for hydroelectricity producers acrosss Central Canada, drawing down Hydro-Quebec's massive reservoirs...and hammering production and financial results of investor-owned power companies. ....still, he said the company is in a strong financial position to weather the drought, and is maintaining its distributions to unit holders in anticipation of a return to more normal precipitation levels.Brookfield Renewable Power Fund will be in trouble if precipitation levels have changed their patterns, and this "drought" is the new normal. (Just ask the Australians about a new normal - drought, that is.) Climate change models predict that rainfall patterns will shift - be more unpredictable - and more variable as the temperature climbs.
It might be a good idea to plan for increased variability in rainfall patterns among other things - and to take meaningful steps to mitigate the effects fo climate change. It will take years - decades - to change the physical infrastructure of our lives - so we had better start now. Continuing denial is not a good option - if one is concerned about the long term viability of humnaity.