October 17, 2014

Environmental approval of Site C
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October 17, 2014
A significant milestone was reached this week when the Site C project, a proposed third dam on the Peace River in northern B.C., received environmental approval from the provincial and federal governments. The approval comes after years of studies – and more than 29,000 pages of evidence – to identify and assess environmental effects and develop comprehensive mitigation measures. Throughout the process, BC Hydro responded to more than 7,000 information requests from the public, Aboriginal groups, government agencies, communities and stakeholders.

Site C represents an important piece of B.C.'s energy future, but we also continue to invest in conservation, which we're counting on to reduce the expected increase in B.C.'s electricity demand by 78 per cent. At this week's Power Smart Excellence Awards, we celebrated incredible energy savings delivered by businesses in B.C.
Rigorous 3-year review results in environmental approval for Site C

Rigorous 3-year review results in environmental approval for Site C

After completing hundreds of studies, years of review, multiple public comment periods and undergoing two-months of public hearings as part of a Joint Review Panel process, the proposed Site C dam received environmental approval this week. It's a big step, but not the final decision on the project.

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B.C. businesses shine at Excellence Awards

B.C. businesses shine at Excellence Awards

Commercial and industrial businesses across B.C. save 3,210 gigawatt hours of energy each year. This week, we recognized the brightest stars of energy-efficiency in B.C. Learn more
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The proposed Site C dam would use water already stored in Williston Reservoir, the largest lake in B.C. and the seventh largest reservoir in the world (by volume). Making use of existing resources means that Site C's reservoir would only be five per cent of the size of Williston.
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