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, $200 million project, located near Dawson Creek, was the first fully operational wind park in British Columbia.
Grid-Tie Solar Projects
Peace Energy Cooperative was western Canada’s first renewable energy cooperative, incorporated in 2003. Now with over 500 members, the cooperative is focused on designing, supplying and installing solar power systems for homeowners, businesses and municipalities across northern BC, and has recently completed some of the largest grid-tied solar arrays in the province. Besides generating profits for its member-investors, education and training are priorities for Peace Energy Cooperative, holding frequent public seminars promoting solar energy, electric vehicles and climate change solutions.
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