Apr 2, 2013
BC Hydro crews assembling a replacement transmission tower on the north bank of the Fraser River on Easter Monday. This is part of the ongoing work on the 500-kilovolt transmission line crossing the river from Surrey to Coquitlam.
In the summer of 2011, a transmission tower on the south side of t...
Mar 22, 2013
VICTORIA – Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas announced that work will begin on the 287-kilovolt Iskut extension to the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) this spring. It will provide clean electricity to the Red Chris mine and open up British Columbia’s Northwest to new econo...
Feb 8, 2013
Vancouver Island project to improve reliable power, sustain 400 jobs a year over five years
CAMPBELL RIVER – The British Columbia Utilities Commission has approved the replacement of the John Hart generating station near Campbell River. The commission determined the project was the most cost-eff...
Jan 28, 2013
VANCOUVER – BC Hydro has submitted its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office. This is an important milestone for the Site C project.
The EIS descri...
Jan 25, 2013
On January 23, Energy, Mines and Natural Gas Minister Rich Coleman released the following opinion editorial on helping customers understand the benefits of smart meters. The entire letter can viewed on line by visiting the Province of British Columbia's website.
Jan 10, 2013
GOLDEN – A new 112-kilometre transmission line is providing reliable electrical service to communities from Invermere to Field in the upper Columbia Valley this winter.
The Columbia Valley Transmission line was energized in the fall after a two-year construction period. The project cost $114 mi...
Dec 5, 2012
Vancouver – A new 500-kilovolt, 247-kilometre transmission line from Merritt to Coquitlam that will improve power delivery to homes and businesses in the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island is now under construction.
Work crews are currently improving access roads, clearing the line’s right-of-wa...
Nov 30, 2012
FORT ST. JOHN – Aboriginal people in northeast British Columbia will benefit from $100,000 in funding from BC Hydro in support of trades training programs.
BC Hydro will provide the funding over two years to the North East Native Advancing Society to support trades training under its North ...
Nov 23, 2012
Early Friday morning, BC Hydro moved two 140-tonne transformers from the south end of False Creek to the Mount Pleasant substation, currently under construction.
The transformers were off-loaded on the south side of False Creek on Wednesday and took four hours to move just five blocks to the ...
Nov 5, 2012
Nov. 3, 2012
COMOX – BC Hydro and the K’ómoks First Nation have signed an impact benefit agreement for the proposed John Hart Generating Station Replacement project.
The agreement, signed on Nov. 3, will provide the K’ómoks First Nation with a number of benefits, including training and education ...
Jul 6, 2012
Companies shortlisted to build new John Hart generating station
Campbell River – BC Hydro has shortlisted three companies to design and construct a replacement for the 65-year-old John Hart generating station on Campbell River. The replacement facility will improve power reliability and seismic s...
Jul 3, 2012
July 3, 2012
BC Hydro Smart Metering update
VANCOUVER – The installation phase of BC Hydro’s smart meter program is 75 per cent complete and nearly 1.4 million smart meters have been installed across the province.
Independent testing confirms smart meter banks safe
Planetworks Consulting, a Nor...
Jun 28, 2012
June 28, 2012
We Wai Kai Nation and Wei Wai Kum Nation sign agreement for John Hart project
Campbell River, B.C. – BC Hydro is pleased to announce the signing of an impact benefit agreement with the We Wai Kai Nation (Cape Mudge Indian Band) and the Wei Wai Kum Nation (Campb...
May 25, 2012
May 22, 2012
BC Hydro starting negotiations for New Robson Valley Transmission Project
Blue River, B.C. – BC Hydro is advancing negotiations, with cle...
Apr 4, 2012
April 4, 2012
British Columbia Utilities Commission approves Ruskin dam and powerhouse upgrades
Project to generate jobs, improve safety and provide environmental benefits
Mission – The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) has given BC Hydro the green light to proceed with upgrad...
Mar 21, 2012
March 21, 2012
BC Hydro signs agreement to support Northwest Transmission Line
Impact Benefit Agreements with Nisga’a Nation and all eight First Nations now signed
Vancouver – BC Hydro and Kitsumkalum First Nation have signed an impact benefit agreement which will provide training, co...
Mar 12, 2012
March 13, 2012
John Hart Project brings jobs and reliable electricity to Vancouver Island
Campbell River – BC Hydro is proceeding with an environmental and regulatory review application for the John Hart upgrade. It is also posting a project procurement RFQ on BC Bid later today. One ...
Mar 8, 2012
March 8, 2012
BCUC dismisses application against smart meters
BC Hydro confirms modernization program progressing well
The BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) issued a decision earlier this week dismissing an application by an anti-smart meter group to place an injunction on the project. The BCUC dism...
Jan 24, 2012
Jan. 26, 2012
Labour market study shows Northwest B.C. to experience economic boom due to construction of new transmission line and other projects
Human resources strategy released to address skilled labour shortage
Terrace – Labour market research released today shows BC Hydro’s N...
Dec 8, 2011
December 8, 2011
Project will ensure reliable power supply to growing economy, population of Lower Mainland
Vancouver – BC Hydro reached a major milestone today with the announcement...
Nov 23, 2011
November 23, 2011
Smart Metering Program Update
VANCOUVER – As BC Hydro continues with its regeneration program, including modernizing its electricity grid while also keeping rates low, the Smart Metering Program is progressing well and will save customers approximately $70 million over the next ...
Nov 18, 2011
Lax Kw’alaam sign impact benefit agreement in support of Northwest Transmission Line
Vancouver – BC Hydro is pleased to announce that an impact benefit agreement has been signed with the Lax Kw’alaam Indian Band which will provide training programs, contracting and jobs, and other economic develo...
Nov 4, 2011
November 4, 2011
Gitxsan Houses sign agreement in support of Northwest Transmission Line
Vancouver – BC Hydro is pleased to announce that an impact benefit agreement has been signed with the Gitxsan Huwilp (Houses) of Tenimgyet, Wii Hlengwax and Lelt which will provide tra...
Sep 30, 2011
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SEPT. 30, 2011
VANCOUVER – BC Hydro today welcomed the announcement that a draft agreement has been developed by the federal and provincial governments for a harmonized environmental review of the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C). The draft agreement includes a joint...
Sep 9, 2011
Regeneration of the Stave Falls Spillway Gates provides opportunities for business in Richmond
The first set of new spillway gates destined for the Stave Falls Blind Slough Dam in Mission are being completed at Ebco Industries in Richmond.
The replacement of the radial spillway gates at Stave Fal...
Sep 1, 2011
Sept. 1, 2011
Construction Contract Awarded for Northwest Transmission Line
Vancouver – BC Hydro has chosen a contractor to design and build the Northwest Transmission Line (NTL). The successful companies are Valard Construction, a Quanta Services company (NYSE: PWR), and Burns & Mc...
Aug 26, 2011
August 26, 2011
BC Hydro, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council and the Upper Nicola Band sign Landmark Agreement
Merritt, B.C. – Through a process of relationship building, the Upper Nicola Band (UNB), the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA), the Nlaka’pamux Natio...
Jul 12, 2011
July 11, 2011
Transmission project will meet demand for electricity, economic development
Vancouver, B.C. – BC Hydro filed today an application with the British Columbia Utilities Commiss...
May 18, 2011
May 18, 2011
SITE C PROJECT MOVING TO ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Project Description Report Submitted to Environmental Assessment Agencies
FORT ST. JOHN – BC Hydro has submitted a project description report for the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C) to federal and pro...
May 17, 2011
May 17, 2011
Tahltan Nation Signs Agreements in support of Northwest Transmission Line
Victoria B.C. – Two agreements signed yesterday will provide the Tahltan Nation with economic development funds, jobs, training and skills development during construction of the Northwest Transmissi...
May 3, 2011
May 4, 2011
BC Hydro awards civil contract for installation of additional generating units at Mica Generating Station
Contract will create 121 person years of direct employment and benefit Columbia basin region
Vancouver, B.C. – As part of its regeneration program to upgrade and rene...
Apr 18, 2011
April 18, 2011
Sexqeltkemc of the Secwepemc Nation to benefit from Mica Expansion Project facilities
Project part of BC Hydro’s regeneration program; will generate clean power for 80,000 additional B.C. homes
Revelstoke – As part of the regeneration program to meet British Columbia’s g...
Apr 13, 2011
The following statement was released Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by BC Hydro Executive Vice President of Transmission and Distribution Greg Reimer on negotiations with the Gitanyow with regard to the construction of the proposed Northwest Transmission Line.
“The Gitanyow is clearly frustrated with th...
Apr 11, 2011
April 11, 2011 No. 1
BC Hydro selects Itron as supplier of smart metering system and meter data management system
VANCOUVER -- British Columbia’s electricity system is one more major step closer to modernization today with the confirmation of Itron Inc. (NASDAQ: ITRI) as BC Hydro’s ...
Jan 25, 2011
January 25, 2011
BC Hydro selects B.C. company Corix to install smart meters and international experts Capgemini to integrate modern technology
Direct wage contribution anticipated to be $30 million to $40 million
Vancouver – BC Hydro’s Smart Metering Program has reached another imp...
Nov 29, 2010
TERRACE, B.C. – The Kitselas First Nation and BC Hydro announced today the signing of an impact benefit agreement that will provide the First Nation with economic development funds and training related to the construction of the Northwest Transmission Line project.
The Kitselas First Nation is a...
Oct 13, 2010
Posted by Michelle Martin
The approximately 344-kilometre Northwest Transmission Line (NTL) project is being trumpeted for the economic opportunities it will bring to a struggling regional economy that has been hard-hit by the downturn in the forestry sector.
But who, specifically, will be benefi...
Jun 10, 2010
The Site C Clean Energy Project is now in Stage 3 of a 5-stage process. Stage 3, the regulatory review phase, will include a rigorous and independent environmental assessment process.
Contrary to some statements reported in the news media, construction of the Site C project is subject to environm...
Apr 28, 2010
The Site C Clean Energy Project is moving forward to the next stage of planning and development, including an independent environmental and regulatory review. This has led to some discussion about the project’s impacts on agriculture.
Agriculture is important to the economy and way life in the Pe...
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