DCAT: Why it's important
Electricity demand is increasing in the south Peace region
Electricity demand in the south Peace/Dawson Creek area is growing at an unprecedented rate, due to natural gas exploration and development in nearby Montney shale gas deposits. Over the next 10 years, total load growth in the south Peace is expected to be about 3 times that of the rest of B.C.
This is some of the most dramatic single industry regional load growth that BC Hydro has seen in the last 50 years.
It’s caused by natural gas developers wishing to power their facilities with clean electricity, rather than by using fossil fuels like natural gas.
This project will enable these operations to connect to the BC Hydro system, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions in the process.
DCAT will also support future expansion of the transmission system in the south Peace.