The Peace Region is an important source of electricity for British Columbia generating nearly 30% of its power through two of BC Hydro’s generating stations on the Peace River, the largest of which is the G.M. Shrum station at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam. Construction has begun on a third generating station on the Peace, known as Site C.
Due to rapidly growing industrial demand in the South Peace Region, the past few years have seen significant planning and construction of major electricity infrastructure projects including the construction of the $296 million 230-kilovolt DCAT (Dawson Creek-Chetwynd Area Transmission) line. The project allowed BC Hydro to double the energy they could bring in to the region. Even with the increased capacity, continued rapid growth lead to BC Hydro announcing another major expansion project. The Peace Region Electricity Supply (PRES) transmission line when constructed will connect the Site C dam currently under construction with the large industrial customers processing natural gas and liquids in the Ground Birch area west of Dawson Creek. The project will consist of two parallel 230 kilovolt power lines and is set to begin construction mid 2018. “PRES will help to ensure that we can reliably provide electricity to our industrial customers who want to power their facilities with clean energy.” (bchydro.com)
Bear Mountain Wind Park Partnership
As its first major project, locally owned Peace Energy Co-operative partnered with Aeolis Wind Power Corporation and AltaGas to form the Bear Mountain Wind Limited Partnership. The 102 megawatt project, located near Dawson Creek, was the first fully operational wind park in British Columbia.
Grid-Tie Solar Projects
Peace Energy Co-operative’s first solar project was the Grid-Tie PV array for Don Pettit in Dawson Creek. The project included the installation of 23 solar panels on the Peace photoGraphics building. Since then, many more grid-tie projects have been completed in northeastern British Columbia. In several cases more energy has been generated than was used by the facility, resulting in a cash pay back from the utility for the excess energy “stored” in the grid.
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