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Clean energy plans for Peace Region


April 23, 2019
By Infrastructure Canada

Electricity demand in the South Peace Region is increasing due to natural gas exploration and development.

To meet current and future demand, BC Hydro will expand the existing transmission infrastructure by building two parallel 230 kilovolt power lines between the future Site C Substation near Fort St John and the existing Groundbirch Substation, located about 30 kilometres east of Chetwynd.

Once complete, industries and businesses in the Peace Region will have access to a cleaner supply of energy to power their operations, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 2.6 megatonnes per year.

The Government of Canada is providing up to $83.6 million for the Peace Region Electricity Supply (PRES) project through the Investing in Canada Plan, while BC Hydro is providing the remaining $205.4 million.

“We know the gas industry is a primary driver for electricity demand in the South Peace Region. The PRES project will ensure we can reliably provide electricity to our industrial customers who want to power their facilities with clean energy – significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” says Chris O’Riley, president and chief operating officer of BC Hydro