March 14, 2016

Mica Generating Station grows with demand in B.C. BCHydro Power smart
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March 14, 2016

The dam and powerhouse were built in the 1970s, but it wasn't until 2015 that BC Hydro added turbines 5 & 6 to the powerhouse. A look, in words & video, at how and why it was done. Those Mica projects may be finished, but there are plenty of others in the works, including a $29.8 million upgrade of a Campbell River substation that starts later this month. And like Mica, it's all about meeting the demands of a growing B.C. Meanwhile, the first big storm of the year hammered B.C.'s south coast last Thursday, leaving well over 100,000 without power at one point.
'We've added 100 megawatts without changing anything'

'We've added 100 megawatts without changing anything'

There was a lot of heavy lifting while installing two new generating units at Mica Dam for 2015. But planning back in the 1970s ensured that the preparation – including a pair of holes drilled through a mountain – was done so that 1,000 megawatts of power could be delivered decades later.

See the story and videos on bchydro.com
Third transformer to be added to Campbell River substation

Third transformer to be added to Campbell River substation

After looking at the options, BC Hydro has determined that the best way to meet increased demand for power in Campbell River is to add to the two existing transformers at a local substation.
Read more in the Campbell River Mirror
First big storm of 2016 hammers south coast

First big storm of 2016 hammers south coast

Meteorologists said a "weather bomb" was coming, and they were right. The first big storm of the year caused floods, school closures and left well over 100,000 without power.
Read more in the National Post
Photo of the week

Photo of the week

Back in 1935, the vehicle fleet looked a little different. These are a few of the cars and trucks that belonged to East Kootenay Power who operated two hydroelectric power plants in the province. The company began in 1922 as a partnership with the Alberta Power Company before being bought by BC Hydro in 1966.
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