Peace Region Electricity Supply

Exploring additional capacity alternatives for the Peace River region

Extensive natural gas exploration and development in the south Peace region's Montney shale gas deposits is creating some of the most dramatic growth in electricity demand that BC Hydro has experienced.

While the Dawson Creek/Chetwynd Area Transmission (DCAT) Project will help meet that growing demand, additional capacity is needed to ensure BC Hydro can reliably provide electricity to developers who wish to power their facilities with clean electricity. The Peace Region Electricity Supply project will help meet that need.

What's new

Since 2013, we have been studying and consulting on a number of alternatives [PDF, 1.2MB] for carrying out the PRES project. We've now determined that our leading alternative is to construct a new double circuit 230 kV transmission line between the future Site C substation (a few miles south west of Fort St. John) and the new Groundbirch substation, which is located about 30 km east of Chetwynd. We are now doing further studies, design and consultation work to develop this alternative in more detail.