ISKUT: Why it's important
Historically, much of northwest B.C. has lacked transmission infrastructure, yet the region holds the potential for creating major economic benefits through responsible development. The Northwest Transmission Line (NTL), which came into service in July 2014, has extended the transmission system about 344 kilometres north of Terrace, to provide power to new mining and other industrial projects.
The Iskut Extension Project will build from the NTL, extending the transmission system a further 93 kilometres north.
It is also fulfilling a major requirement of the federal Green Infrastructure Fund contribution for the NTL. On December 18, 2014, the community of Iskut was connected to the BC Hydro system, so that it is now powered by clean electricity instead of diesel generation. This will eliminate about 2,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.