June 29, 2015

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June 29, 2015
Keeping the lights on has its challenges and this week we're taking a look at two that we deal with every day. First, crews responded to an outage in Vancouver last weekend when thieves attempted a dangerous theft of a live power line. And we have an aging workforce and a need for more trades trainees and apprentices than ever before. So we're looking ahead and training about 100 graduates a year to fill the gap. And finally, good news for electric vehicle owners in Abbotsford: the first fast-charging station in the city has arrived.
Downtown Vancouver businesses without power after metal theft in Gastown

Downtown Vancouver businesses without power after metal theft in Gastown

Metal theft continues to be an issue as thieves target power lines with little regard for their own safety or the safety of the public. This past week, the Gastown area was without power after thieves attempted to steal metal from a live power line. Global News reported on the story and the danger.

Watch the report from Global News
Aging workforce, apprentices key challenges to filling important trades roles

Aging workforce, apprentices key challenges to filling important trades roles

Almost one-third of BC Hydro employees are eligible to retire in the next five years, and British Columbia's pool of apprentices isn't big enough. BC Business took a look at how we're focusing on trades training.
Read more from BC Business
Abbotsford's first fast-charging electric vehicle charging station

Abbotsford's first fast-charging electric vehicle charging station

Fast chargers can charge an electric vehicle to 80 per cent in as little as 30 minutes, and now EV owners can stop in Abbotsford to get a top-up. The first station in the city is at the innovative EcoDairy, and was installed with support from BC Hydro.
Learn more from the Chilliwack Times
Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week

Another fast-charging electric vehicle station has come to B.C., this time in Abbotsford at the innovative EcoDairy. EV owners can charge to 80 per cent capacity in just 30 minutes.
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