Last Friday was Earth Day around the world, and right here in B.C. we announced a number to be proud of: 98.3%. That's the percentage of BC Hydro's electricity that came from clean or renewable sources last year, and the highest in a decade. But generation is just part of what we do. The challenges of maintaining transmission lines to homes and businesses was underlined last week when an early-season wildfire in the Peace region burned through BC Hydro transmission poles and left 2,800 customers without power. Also last week, a wayward paraglider was lucky to be alive after getting snagged on power lines in North Vancouver.
"Provincial legislation requires BC Hydro to ensure at least 93% of the power generated in B.C. is from clean resources, and I'm pleased to see BC Hydro is exceeding this target," said Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines.