July 6, 2015

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July 6, 2015
Across Canada, electrical utilities are facing the need to build and maintain infrastructure. From building new transmission lines to finding new sources of generation, meeting the growing demand for power is a critical issue for Canada's industry and economy. Last week, Canadian Electricity Association President Sergio Marchi spoke at the Vancouver Board of Trade and sat down with the Globe and Mail to talk about the electricity industry in Canada. For the past few weeks in B.C., we've been facing a record-breaking heat wave, which also means higher power use. CHEK News reports on the recent spike in power use on Vancouver Island. And while power use is going up, water levels are going down. With low snowpacks, we're seeing the lowest water levels on the Puntledge River that we've experienced in 52 years.
President of CEA: only 15 per cent of Canadian Electricity coal-fired power

President of CEA: only 15 per cent of Canadian Electricity coal-fired power

Canadian Electricity Association President Sergio Marchi says Canada is progressive when it comes to phasing out coal-fired generation plants, but there's always room to do more to integrate power sources like wind and solar. He sat down with the Globe and Mail to talk about the electricity industry in Canada.

Read more from the Globe and Mail
Air conditioners are a hot commodity during the heat wave, driving up power usage

Air conditioners are a hot commodity during the heat wave, driving up power usage

Temperatures are soaring to as much as 40 degrees Celsius in some parts of B.C., and British Columbians are looking for ways to beat the heat. For many, that means turning to air conditioners and fans, which is driving up electricity usage by as much as 15 per cent across the province.
Watch more from CHEK News
Lowest water levels on Puntledge River in 52 years

Lowest water levels on Puntledge River in 52 years

Low water levels summer mean changes to our operations on Vancouver Island. Comox Valley facilities on the Puntledge River are operating at about 15 per cent of capacity.
Learn more from CTV Vancouver Island
Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

This shot was taken at Peace Canyon Dam, overlooking the tailrace from the observation deck of the Peace Canyon Visitor Centre. Together with the Gordon M. Shrum Generating Station, Peace Canyon provides about one-third of B.C.'s electricity.
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